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I'm so confused.  I read the article, and what I'm getting out of it is that we should overexpose our capture as much as possible, and that by doing so, we will have a "cleaner" image when we correct it back down in post.  Is that what I'm reading?  I'm new to this whole ETTL and ETTR concept, but I admit that many of my images, even at ISO 100 are still noisier that I would like.

However, I look at the "Optimum" example with the black cat, and if I overexposed my capture that much, there's no way I could get the detail back to the "Proper" photo.  It looks like the detail on the cat's back is completely gone and blown out.  Besides, both of those examples (bunny in snow, black cat against fake black background) are nowhere near as dynamic as the stuff that I always end up shooting, whether it be portraits or whatever.

So is the idea that we should push the exposure until just before the highlights clip?  As mentioned earlier in this thread, we should really be mostly concerned with the subject, though, otherwise it may be lost into irretrievable darkness.


Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:08:54 PM »
I have mine through USAA.  I don't recall exactly how much I pay for it, but I know it's not a ton (actually it's cheap enough that I don't think about it).  I also have our renter's & auto insurance through them as well, and we've been pleased with the service/pricing.

Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:03:41 PM »
I can't find it now, but I remember reading about this guy a while back, and it stated that he did much of the effects in camera.  Just wanted to throw that out there in case it changes your perspective at all about what he's doing.

Personally, I enjoy his work.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:23:29 PM »
I was pretty close to pulling the trigger on a set of PocketWizards to use with my two 430EX IIs and my 530EX II, but instead went with the Yongnuo YN-622C, and I love them.  I haven't had any misfires with them, and they support wireless TTL.  I'm really happy that I didn't spend the extra money on the PW setup.

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