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Author Topic: Pushing Exposure - How Far?  (Read 3319 times)

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« on: April 07, 2011, 20:47 »
Hi Stock Folks,

A few articles that I read said to push out the exposure as far as possible even a little over exposure is better than under exposure for successful stock pics. The one photographer felt it is better to use a little of the recovery feature in camera raw on a slightly over exposed to ensure you get as many highlights as possible.  

Also the author said try not to use the 'fill' feature too much in Camera Raw since it add noise to the photo- try your best to avoid using the noise controls if at all possible.

How do you folks feel on this one?


« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 20:51 by tab62 »

« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 21:03 »
I use a lot the "blinks/blinking" camera setting (actually it is always on), have you tried it? that shows you the highlights, I tend to go very close to the highlights, it depends also on the subject, if I am looking for an isolation but even when outdoor I pull it up a bit, at least I know I am exposuring the scene quite well.. And has you said in camera raw we can use recovery.. Overall whatever you are shooting it mustnt be 255 255 255 (once that is pure white as you know already) the objects/subjects/whatever might have a little (pure white) but pay attention because that may result in a lighting rejection (some or a lot will be approved, actually there are "top" photographers pulling it quite high, not saying I dont like, sometimes it works pretty good, take a look around portfolios, you will see what I am talking about, regarding these highlights)

Regarding fill setting I used it a little too but not that often (if you arent going hard there shouldnt bring noise), I guess I go more on the exposure, contrast and recovery, try a few but dont tweak to much :P (WB too lol)
« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 21:13 by luissantos84 »


« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011, 21:59 »
Good points and it makes sense- Just looking back a few months ago the majority of my pics were too dark. The author also mention about pulling those mid tones out as well. He wants the photo to 'pop' when viewed. Camera Raw has some many cool features for developing a photo...



« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2011, 22:17 »
never tried but remember watching it

« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 01:18 »
I think it depends on what you are shooting. A lot of the successful business photos are high-key. You wouldn't want that for a landscape, it would look washed out. For isolations, blowing highlights is just what you want. It's about visualising the end result. It's not a bad idea to get the correct exposure for the main subject and let the highlights take care of themselves (unless it is in the studio, where you control the light).

« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011, 15:58 »
dragging the sliders in the video to "fix" under-exposed images will bring out the noise in the dark areas and often lead to rejection. bracket your shots in the field. in studio tethered, watch your histogram and adjust lights and f/stop to create a healthy histogram without blown-out high lights or excessive shadows. best to get it right in camera than try to fix it later only to create new problems.


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