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Too much dynamic range?

jameskuzman

Girard, US
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jameskuzman Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2012
Thu 05-Sep-13 08:23 PM

Hi all,

Fun facts first: Nikon D7000, Nikon 16-85 AFS lens (most of the time) or Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G (sometimes); cards set to RAW+JPG Fine Medium; aperture priority (normally), matrix metering (unless the situation calls for center or spot, but most of the time, matrix).

The issue: I have to bring the highlights WAY down (-75 to -100), bring overall exposure up (+1.00 to +2.00), and bring the shadows WAY up (+40 to +100) in nearly EVERY RAW file in LR. Contrasty scenes are worse of course but I've never managed an image that didn't require substantial correction.

In-camera JPG's with the Standard or Neutral profile sometimes need help, but most often do not. D-Lighting is set to Low or sometimes Medium.

Is this normal behavior in RAW files? I mean, I understand that dynamic range is a good thing but should I have to be reigning the extremes in this much on every image?

Thanks in advance for the input,

Jim

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