The vast majority of us DO know how to get the most from our gear, even with challenging exposures.
But, as in Ankorwatt’s dappled sunlit image, lifting some dark areas of even a reasonably exposed image will often show FPN.
It comes down to a matter of individual tastes. I prefer the lightened look of the shadow lifted crop he’s shown. I prefer slightly less lifted, actually, but even so, that would still be enough to show FPN.
Seems like many others are saying, “NO! You shouldn’t do that! It doesn’t look natural.”
To which I reply, “Like HEL_ it doesn’t.” You need to actually LOOK at the scene you’re shooting, what can you see? Are you going to represent the final image like you saw it or are you going to capture it within the limitations and compromises of your equipment and technique?
When you shift your gaze around a real-life scene, your eyes are very much a center-weighted-averaging-metered device. (more like between CWA and “partial” in Canon parlance) If you were standing where he took the shot and were to look at that lady sitting in the shade, your eyes would adjust to provide your brain with a view more like the shadow-lifted example than the silhouetted version.
When I create an image like that, I want someone viewing that image to be able to look around it and see the kind of details they would see if they had been there, not the overly contrasted rendition provided by many cameras/software and seemingly preferred by many voiciferous shooters. This is especially applicable to large prints, where you’re actually moving your gaze around from one area to another. It’s not unreasonable to want or expect to see some detail in the darker areas as in Ankorwatt’s example.
Yes, this is a matter of TASTE. If you like clipped shadows, go ahead and produce them.
I don’t like them, my customers compliment me on what they see when I process and print an image the way _I_ like it. That’s what matters, the end result.
As means to that end, i dumped my 5d2 and replaced it with a D800. Works MUCH better for what I need from it.
So advising on matters of post-processing “taste” is a style argument and does not really address technical shortcomings of the actual hardware. That’s best left to Canon engineers, we need to spur THEM to do better.
The argument still remains, however, that some cameras do not allow us to produce images that meet some of our tastes in some conditions whereas other cameras ARE capable of doing just that without difficulty or extra work. This will remain the case until Canon can remedy their read noise problems. If you shoot Canon and want to lift shadows then you are stuck with optimizing the compromises or other work-arounds.