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Expose to the Right...

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

There is still life left in the old girl...

I have had a Canon EOS 5dmkII for three years now. Canon recently introduced the Eos 5d MkIII with better AF and 'cleaner' files at higher iso's. One of the mkII problems was noise in the shadow areas especially when underexposed and then 'pushed' in post production to regain some shadow detail. But even the new mkIII when compared to the new Nikon D800 has much more noise in the shadow areas...

It would seem that Canon's sensor technology lags behind the Sony sensor in the Nikon D800. It is even more remarkable that Sony has managed to produce such a a clean sensor with so many megapixels packed into it, all of 36mp compared to the mkII and mkIII sensor's of between 21 and 22. Usually fewer pixels means less noise but somehow Sony has managed to fix this with their new sensor. Of course this noise is mostly only visible in the shadow areas and even more so when the shadows are opened up a bit in post production...

I wonder if the rumoured 40+megapixel Canon has not been announced yet for this very reason: that Canon sensor technology needs a bit of an overhaul first before they can release a 40+ camera. Perhaps their technology at present is just not good enough... So we have to wait for Canon to play catch up before we will see their Nikon D800 competitor.

I am positive it will come. Canon cannot let Nikon lead the way for too long, the market is just too competitive...

Of course this is all pure speculation on my part but it is one of the reasons why I have decided not to upgrade my mkII yet. I have decided to rather spend my hard earned pennies on lenses, and I have put my money where my mouth is and have already acquired a few new lenses this year, the most notable being the 24mm TS.

In the meantime I have found a workable solution for the noisy sensor, namely expose to the right or overexposure.

A recent assignment to photograph a mine illustrates this technique well.

It was very overcast on the day that I arrived at the mine and I decided to do a bit of HDR photography to recapture some highlight detail. Thus I bracketed three exposures, 1 1/2 stops over and under from normal.

I don't really like the HDR look and so I have not really mastered the technique. Before I started the HDR process I tried to 'pull' a few overexposed images to see how much of the sky detail and texture I could regain. It was quite a lot actually which just showed me once again just how much information is captured on modern day sensors. I couldn't 'push' the underexposed images because then the shadow noise would become too visible.

Below a few screen prints from Lightroom 4 that shows exactly how overexposed the image was that I used and how clean the shadow areas of a 'pulled' image is compared to a 'pushed' one.

'Expose to the right' or overexposure works. I managed to get all the highlight detail back with super clean shadows compared to normal and underexposed images. Generally there was also less noise in the image overall. I 'only' used iso 500, which shouldn't be too noisy but with noise reduction turned off in the first two sample images it is clear just how noisy the overall image is at a mere '500 iso' ...
With a bit of practice and my camera set on auto bracketing 'exposure to the right ' for stationary images is easy. Portraits can also benefit from this and a bit of testing beforehand will make bracketing, which is not ideal with portraiture, unnecessary.

Here are a few steps to remember when ETTR (exposing to the right)

Don't underexpose - introduces too much noise in the shadow areas when 'correcting' in post production.

The 5d2 can easily handle 1 1/2 stops of overexposure.

When in doubt bracket.

After re adjusting the exposure in post processing, I use LR4, use the clarity slider to bring back some 'punch' if the image looks a bit flat.

As I said in the beginning there is still a lot of life left in the old girl and I know with a bit of tweaking here and there the files from the 'old' mk II are still excellent.

regards, Ivan

'Under exposed' detail of image. 1/30sec iso 500. Default noise reduction turned off in LR4 to show  noisy file @200%
'Under exposed' detail of image. 1/30sec iso 500. Default noise reduction turned off in LR4 to show noisy file @200%
'Overexposed' detail of image. 1/4sec iso 500. Default noise reduction in LR4 turned off to show noise @200%
'Overexposed' detail of image. 1/4sec iso 500. Default noise reduction in LR4 turned off to show noise @200%
Over exposed image shown full frame to show how little detail there is in the sky. Same image as above.
Over exposed image shown full frame to show how little detail there is in the sky. Same image as above.
'Underexposed' image with a +1 stop exposure. Visible increase in chroma & colour noise. Default LR4 noise reduction turned on.
'Underexposed' image with a +1 stop exposure. Visible increase in chroma & colour noise. Default LR4 noise reduction turned on.
Overexposed image 'pulled' 2 stops. absolutely clean shadow areas with no noticeable chroma & colour noise!
Overexposed image 'pulled' 2 stops. absolutely clean shadow areas with no noticeable chroma & colour noise!
Final of the 1 1/2 stopped overexposed and 2 stops pulled image with my usual LR post processing
Final of the 1 1/2 stopped overexposed and 2 stops pulled image with my usual LR post processing
Detail from image above to show clean shadows and generally cleaner overall image
Detail from image above to show clean shadows and generally cleaner overall image
Straight out of camera on left and pulled 2.5 stops on right...look at the sky detail!
Straight out of camera on left and pulled 2.5 stops on right...look at the sky detail!
Created: Mon, 10/12/2012 - 18:12

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