Would you take advice from a cartoons stuffed toy?
- Jan 29, 2011
That misses one of the many points entirely. Capture medium DR and display medium DR are entirely different and the fact that display mediums don't have anything like the range of capture mediums is irrelevant. A lower DR display medium is more than capable of representing a higher range capture, the point is where we choose to put the various tones within the real scene into our output.At best, subtractive colors on a piece of paper will not have a great dynamic range.
Hey maybe we are onto something there? We could divide the scene into 11 sections and choose which section we wanted in which areas of our display medium. If we were smart we could do this as we are taking the picture, we could look at the scene, maybe meter it with a spot meter, and knowing how our sensor records light we could make allowances to our exposure to optimize the capture of the tonality in the scene in a way that would best be presented in our output medium. Almost like we had the print (or output medium) in mind at capture. Why don't we call it the Section System.
People focus on a single aspect of what we are doing to such a degree that they lose sight of the actual picture (pun intended). Whenever we think about technical aspects of photography we should consider the context of that analysis with regards its impact on our actual finished output.