Camera is underexposing
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02-11-09, 10:34 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I was shooting in raw on this particular occasion, using digital esp metering and looking at the histogram on the camera the main peaks were gathered just slightly left of centre, but in the raw plug-in on my computer they were even further over to the left. Of course, once I started editing them I increased the exposure values and increased the saturation values to give them a little more sparkle.
Now I'd much rather the images are slightly under-exposed than over-exposed as you can usually recover the details lost in the shadows, but you can't do the same to highlights that have been clipped, so I guess I maybe blowing this slightly out of proportion. Still it's interesting and informative to hear you thoughts on this to see if there is something I may have overlooked.
In response to Flake's query about covering the viewfinder fully, for some of the shots I was using the live view window as the camera was either too low down or too far out in front of me to use the viewfinder for some shots, so that shouldn't be an issue with those shots. On the shots I took with my eye to the viewfinder, it does have a good eyepiece that is effective at sealing out the light once my eye is pressed against it.
Hopefully that may have given you a bit more to go on and Chris I hadn't dialled in any negative exposure compensation. If anything I'd tried adding 1 stop of exposure compensation.
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