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It's official: my D7000 consistently underexposes!

km6xz

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"RE: It's official: my D7000 consistently underexposes!"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 26-Sep-13 10:59 AM

What metering mode did you use for the wedding dress? A Matrix if the FP is on the dress, the dress will be underexposed and normally we add sensitivity by a stop or two to get the dress white as the highest tone in the scene. If the subject under the FP was was darker than mid grey, it is very possible to over expose the dress. The higher the ISO the narrower the DR so the span between mid tone and blown highlights becomes only a couple stops or less.
Usually, if the blinkies are just beginning to flash on the JPG derived detection or histogram, you are still able to capture 1-2 stops higher in raw before data loss.
Posting a photo with the ISO, metering mode, and would help getting to the bottom of this.
A good point of reference if exposure is in question, carrying a grey card would help establish the mid tone point. Even with the very wide DR of the D7100 at low ISO, a scene can easily exceed the range of capture of the camera. Once you identify the mid tone point, you can expect 6 stops to the highest tones which is very good but a high contrast scene can easily be 8-9 stops between mid tone and highest.
Whatever you focus on, even in Matrix, will be biased to be assumed by the camera to be the mid tone. So if the subject under the FP is lower than middle grey, you can sure that the highest tones will be at risk of clipping. Luckily, the D7000 and to a little lesser extent, under exposing at capture and selectively boosting mid tones in post will prevent clipping on very wide DR scenes. With Landscapes I often expose on a complex sky, such as deep blue with very bright white clouds and let the shadows get very dark and boost them a stop or two in post with the D7000 and D800. By any measure, the scene is underexposed but by boosting shadows later, the scene very nicely exposed with fine shadow detail and the full color and illuminance range of the clouds captured.
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