What camera Raw settings should I use for Exposure?

Our film settings were developed using Raw images processed through Adobe Camera Raw. Depending on your camera and Raw software, the results may vary. Generally, if you use the ACR default setting or Lightroom, your results will come out higher contrast. If you set all the ACR sliders to zero your results will come out lower contrast. We recommend you try lowering the contrast value for the default setting if you are finding your images are getting too much contrast using Exposure.


We also discourage you from using the "Auto" feature which will adjust the settings on a per image basis. Generally you will get more predictable and attractive results if you always treat your input images the same way.

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    Thorir Vidar

    Or, turn Exposure's tone curve off.

    Adjust the image in ACR (or the RAW processor of choice) fairly close to how one would like it, then run Alien Exposure on it (with curve off), and at last fine tune it with an adjustment curve in ps if needed.

    This has worked well for me, but I'll be the first to admit that it isn't the quickest method around.

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