Anyone following Thom Hogan's suggestion of 'blowing' out highlights by up to a stop so that the remainder of the scene falls higher on the EV scale and thus has a better signal:noise? I know I've recovered detail from the 'S' photosites even when up to about 1.5 stops beyond the upper end of the histogram.
Hi, I've had an S5 for a couple of weeks... I have set the DRange to 400%, quality to RAW + JPEG fine M. Then if the preview display shows blown highlights, I adjust and reshoot. Then I process RAW in ACR. I am wondering if I'm doing the reshoot unnecessarily, but the histogram isn't really giving me any information that would help in this decision.
I'd suggest you take some of those RAW files and practice/see what you can do with them. I've easily brought information back from the 'blinkies zone' when I thought there was nothing but pure white.
Just use the highlight recovery tool judiciously in ACR.
I've been doing this ETTR +0.7 a little and haven't gotten anything overly consistent. Its probably a technique best used when the DR you are trying to capture exceeds the standard 7 EV range.
I'm starting to think that a better implementation of the technique is somewhat like shooting negative film where I was placing dark tones at specific levels, and allowing the highlights to go (just a tad), then recovering during printing/scanning.
Hi to all of you ! Be careful with exp. comp. in Matrix Metering Mode. There is no need to practice exp. comp. in Matrix Metering Mode. Switch camera to center weighted metering or spot metering and than practice exp.comp., but be careful what you meter in scene.