Nuthatch and an Eighth Article on Exposure (Two Photographs)
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These are some of those hybrid situations where the background lighting is very different from the foreground and while we can try to expose to capture the best of both, post-processing is needed to balance the two with selective contrast and brightness.
With all the background I’ve cited and all the tools I mentioned over the past post on exposure are we any closer to a correct exposure? Outside of a studio, where we can see the photograph and subject simultaneously, probably not. When I take a shot of a landscape, I cannot go back hours later or the next day with the prints to check the lighting, it will have changed. Moreover the image on the review screen at the back of your camera is only a JPG representation of the final product. The camera colour mode you chose in camera, vivid, landscape etc. also effects exposure. This is why exposure is problematic in spite of all the tools. And why many photographers say the final product’s exposure is a matter of preference.