Expose to the right...
I'm not familiar with ETTR...what is that?
Edit: iPad changed my word "Expose" to "Exposé"! Wow! Corrected it...
Ahh..ok. A new acronym to learn.
So, the advice I'm getting, is to overexpose on darker indoor pics, right?
I'm still VERY much the noob.
I'm trying to learn to only shoot manual. I generally pick an aperture I want, then ISO as low as I can guess I can get it, and then when shooting, I try to adjust shutter speed till the exposure is about right.
When I've been doing video, I'd found that it worked MUCH better if I slightly underexposed, and in Post I've been able to do much more with it.
It seems the advice here so far, is, that I should over expose at higher ISO's indoors...for still images?
Also, I'm wondering if something may be amiss with my lens. I was using my 17-40mm f/4 lens.
I've found many of my images not only seem noisy, but also BAD with focus. I was shooting the other night with it, and I have it set to One Shot, with AF set to the first expansion using the 4 points surrounding the center (cross shaped). Anyway, the other night using it, I noticed on many shots, the focus points didn't seem to illuminate red like they usually do, I wonder if something might be amiss with the lens? I bought it used....
I do use the 'joystick' controller on the back to move the focus around to where I want it....
I'm attaching 3x more..these were more indicative of my shooting with the bright behind my dad, etc.
I know, bad WB, I saw that later.
I'll admit, I was indulging quite a bit in the cocktails...but even so, most of these were only after one drink starting the 2nd one.
Of late, MANY of my shots just seem to look like cr@p like this....
These were shot in RAW, and I've just made jpgs of them at 50% size...these are straight out of the camera.
I can fix a lot in post usually, but I can't seem to make anything useful out of these with the noise and focus problems.
Thanks so far for all the advice, I'm still trying to digest it all.....please keep the suggestions coming.