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Duke Sweden
Exposure question
on Aug 14, 2016 at 9:09:29 pm

I put this in Cinematography but after 3 days not one response. The Adobe forums seem to be the only active ones, so I thought I repost this here and hopefully one of my many mentors will jump in.
I'm just an amateur and I don't have a fancy lighting studio or outdoor equipment but the answer to my question might help others.

OK, when shooting a scene that will end up dark and moody, should one try to get exposure as close as possible to that look in camera, in other words underexpose to get the look I want before the final color grade, or should you try to get as bright an image as possible short of overexposure, and darken in post?

It seems to me that when I darken in post I get a lot of noise, even in the brighter areas. I'm using a Panasonic G7, btw, and I'm not entering anything at Cannes this year, if you catch my drift ;-)

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