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Subject: Re: Exposure to the right and tone placement

Still, I don’t consider camera meter (set to 0 EV compensation) to be
the final “judge and jury” how the photo should be exposed. I’ve seen
too many complaints “my camera under exposes”. Cameras don’t under/over
expose… photographers do.


If you are using the camera in spot or center weighted mode, I agree 100% with your post. The area used to set the exposure should be rendered at 12% gray. However, if you are shooting with evaluative metering (Matix in Nikon), the camera evaluates the scene and makes adjustments according to proprietary algorithms which are not fully documented. If you apply a positive exposure compensation for back lighting or presence of snow in the metered areas, the camera may already applied its own compensation and the combined result will not be what you expected.

When the evaluative metering fails one can properly assert that the camera underexposed or overexposed the scene.


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