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Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2016, 11:41 AM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By photoptimist
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Sometimes the goals of the photographer demand that the exposure conditions or PP should darken the scene, obscure the details, flatten the lighting, and drop the dynamic range.

Imagine a photo entitled "Night Snack" of a stark, dark, and minimalist monochrome kitchen with nothing edible visible except these dimly lit, hard to see bananas. In the relatively dim lighting of a museum or gallery, the mood would be unmistakable. Of course, such a photo would just look underexposed and undersaturated if brought out into daylight.

That said, I'd probably follow BigMackCam's advice to expose to get the best DR across the scene to preserve the options for PP manipulations while minimizing the chances of noise or banding. Of course if one takes pride in creating images that are perfect SOOC -- the Kodachrome ethic -- then intentional under exposure and desaturation might be the settings to use.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2016, 07:27 AM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By photoptimist
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Views: 1,416

To further replicate what the human eye sees in low light, you might also need to blend the color image with a B&W copy that is made from the right mix of mostly green, some blue, and the tiny amount of red to simulate the effect of the rod cells of the eye.
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