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Keep Shooting! Photography Assignments (04 Feb 2013)
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Expose for the Highlights, Print for the Shadows -
You should be setting your camera's exposure with the highlights in mind. Be careful not to overexpose important parts of the image by using the histogram. Exposing this way will give you the maximum amount of data to create better & more colorful images.
Next step is editing your photo. Its easy to adjust your shadows in Lightroom to have a full tonal range. Check out the video!
Would it be possible for you to make a screen flow of you editing an image like this? or would you say this video you did illustrates the editing side of this tip?
Canon T2i (550d) 24-70 f/2.8L, 50 f/1.8
First, like I said, digital loves light and needs a lot of it. Film, not so much, I had the same settings on both cameras (shutter speed 1/125, aperture f/16, ISO 400), digital version came out a little dark while the film version came out about 1/2 stop brighter than the digital. I do have to say the film version seemed like the more correct exposure. The only variable in this could be the shutter on the Rolleiflex is a tad slow due to age, but to me it sounds fine.
Having been edited in Lightroom (exposure up, contrast, etc) the print from the d5000 was still dark. So my conclusion to my unexpected experiment was that digital requires more light than film, maybe 1/2 stop or more depending on the situation. Has anyone else encountered this?
And over the past few weeks using my Nikon I have been keeping the exposure about two little bars to the left of center (in my case left is over exposed and right is under) to make sure I can get enough light, but not so much as to completely blow out high lights, as digital tends to do.
Though I shoot more of Aperture Mode, I might try and experiment with exposure biases after my midterm exams... life of a student.
Tim March wrote: So is it right to say, slightly overexpose the image and then bring it down in lightroom by adding contrast etc.?
No, unfortunately digital is just as, if not more, picky to get perfect exposures as slide film. I have a video coming up tomorrow explaining this more.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8
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