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Also you should clarify what you mean by "properly exposed"
Certainly you've heard of "shoot to the right" which isn't necessarily a mantra involving shooting "properly exposed" ... this sensor may in fact benefit (more than any other on the market) from "shooting to the left" ... provided that it gets you mind-boggling images we can agree to call that "properly" right?
Hum... artist types using the word "properly" in conversation... tsk tsk tsk
i'll try. the OP wrote: "Camera was set for the outside shot, then we went inside and immediately jumped on the ski-ball machine. I got a proper exposed shot two frames later, but this was a great test."
his exposure for the flubbed shot was 1/320th, f/2.8, ISO100. He then pushed it 5 stops in LR to produce the shot he hoped to produce originally. so, in this particular case, a 'proper' exposure would be 1/320th, f/2.8, ISO3200 (or close to it).
artistically speaking, is anything really 'proper'? no. but this seemed more of a technical thread.
i did a quick google search for 'proper exposure' and came to luminous landscapes. here is what they say (and I agree with):
"2 - The Importance of Proper Exposure
Exposing each photograph properly is of utmost importance in order to get the best print possible from this one image. This is because, whether you use film or digital capture, your original film or digital image contains all the information you will ever get of the scene you photographed.
Ansel Adams was originally trained as a professional pianist. He often made comparisons between photography and music. In regard to exposure, he compared the negative to the score and the print to the performance. Today, we can extend this score to transparencies and Raw files. The performance, the print, has not changed. Neither has the overall idea behind Adamsí comparison. The better the score, the better the performance will be.
In order to get the best score possible, you want as much information from the scene you photographed recorded on film, or on the Raw file, as possible. Ideally, you want details everywhere in the scene. Since the two most important areas of this scene are the shadows and the highlights areas, you want to make sure that you have details in both.
The problem is that getting details in both shadow and highlight areas is difficult. This difficulty stems from the contrast range that can be captured by the specific film, or digital sensor, you are using. This contrast range, which is measured in f-stops, varies from film to film and from sensor to sensor. From this statement we can already deduce one of the most important tenets of exposure: in order to expose your film, or digital file, properly, you must know its contrast range."
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