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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 28-Jan-13 06:23 PM

You have gotten good comments, about a subject that is often confusing but essential for coming to grips with photography. The D7000 is great in capturing a wide range of light from very bright to details in very dark, in fact it is in a rare class of wide dynamic range cameras. At low ISO the D7000 will capture a wider range of light intensity while preserving detail than any model of Canon by 2 stops, even their $7000 pro camera.
But with all that great DR is still not enough to capture scenes as wide in range as our eyes can. That means we can expose for the subject to be exposed best and run the risk of clipping highlights and still have detail buried in blackness on the dark side. Or we can expose to assure the highlights are not over exposed and get darker than desired target subject in bright scenes or we can try to preserve the most shadow detail, get a good but not optimum exposure for the subject and forget about retaining any detail of the highest tones which could be badly clipped.
You have a 13.9 stop range of capture and some bright scenes with dark shadows could have 18 stops of light range that our eye could handle under daylight conditions and well over 20 in dark conditioned tests. That means it comes down to the photographer making a artistic choice as what he wants exposed giving the most detail and how much of either end or both of the full scene range he will allow to be lost.
You can use HDR to capture a wider range and remap the tones to a narrower range that a monitor or printer can handle.
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