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Exposure for Optimal Image Quality: Camera Histogram + RawDigger 📹

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Interpreting the camera histogram for optimizing capture, then cross-checking exposure quality using RawDigger.

An optimal exposure vs not hugely outweighs any silly metrics about camera noise levels. The latest and greatest camera sensor might improve by 1/10 stop or 1/3 at best, but typical under-exposure errors are in the range of 1 to 2 stops most of the time!

In an era where 1/10 stop improved noise behavior is listed as a feature worth calling out, most users are often giving up 1+ stops dynamic range and noise control because of stone-age exposure metering!

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  • Eases into photographic challenges with an introductory section.
  • Covers aspects of digital sensor technology that relate to getting the best image quality.
  • Technique section discusses every aspect of making a sharp image handheld or on a tripod.
  • Depth of field and how to bypass depth of field limitations via focus stacking.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
  • MTF, field curvature, focus shift: insight into the limitations of lab tests and why imaging performance is far more complex than it appears.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
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