Subject: Re: raw 3.1 professional custom profiles for highend digital cameras
Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a detailed response. It cleared things up well. I hope that it will be of use to others, too.
Your comments regarding the Gossen meter were disappointing, but, I suppose, not surprising given the differences between film and digital. I have managed to get good results with it, but I have always been more of an intuitive, instinctual photographer than one who shoots by the numbers. (I would dodge and burn using my hands, push and pull film like crazy, speed development of select portions of prints using my fingers in the tray, and I always used meter readings as just a good starting point and went on instinct to select the final exposure.) That served me well with film, even chromes, but I am really learning all over again with digital.
What I appreciate most about your explanations is that they are allowing me to see where in digital capture I have the latitude to run a bit outside of the numbers. Exposing for the highlights and learning my camera’s “real” ISO will be very helpful in this regard. I will get to work on the ISO issue, because I can see how important that will be.
I have been seriously working on digital capture for about a year now, and my images have progressively gotten worse. I take this as a good sign, however, because it means that I am weaning myself (sorrowful as though this might be) from my own film-based approach to image making. And, let me say that your books have been instrumental in making my pictures worse; in a good way, of course... All kidding aside, your explanations have been great. Thanks again.
Now, I will go back and re-read the calibration section of your ACR book (again).
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