I started off in film and jumped wholeheartedly into digital back in 2002 when the Nikon D100 was released.
It was supposed to be a short break from film. I’d always intended to return to it at some point and shoot the two side by side, but I was smitten by digital and it was a good 10 years before I finally pulled my Nikon N90s back out of retirement.
One thing I’d never done when I originally shot film was to develop and print it myself. This is something I wanted to correct when I started again (prompted by the acquisition of a Nikkormat FTn for the princely sum of £1 at a local car boot sale).
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During my talk for Lancaster Photographic Society recently, I was asked a question that I’m also going to answer here. I’m paraphrasing, but it went something along the lines of…
“Is getting the right exposure in camera really all that important? Can’t we just nudge it in Photoshop?”
Before I start, I want to clarify a definition here, and a difference between “right” and “technically correct”. It is perfectly possible to make an exposure that is “right”, but not “technically correct” when you shoot with your post processing in mind in order to maximise the capabilities of your camera’s sensor.
Sometimes intentionally over or underexposing slightly allows you to capture the scene and process it in a way that gives a better final result than if you’d started off with a “technically correct” exposure. So, sometimes “technically correct” isn’t the same as “right”.
But to answer to the question, the short answer is “You can, but if you don’t have to, why would you?”.
Continue reading Fix it in Photoshop?