DSLR Scanning - Confusion over 'correct' exposure

Hi all,

I have a quick question regarding a dslr setup. From what I’ve read, there seems to be a constant rule of thumb to over expose the scan by a stop or two shifting the levels to the right of the histogram. My question is that when I do this, the reversal image is darker. Surely the dslr scan would be better underexposed by a stop or two and when reversed, turn out lighter? I hope this makes sense and would appreciate any help.

Many thanks,

Exposing to the right helps to get cleaner shadows, bright areas after conversion that is. Don’t overdo it though, stay about 2/3-3/3 stops below the maximum that you can get without blinkies.

NLP is very tolerant to changes in exposure. NLP’s converter compensates almost any over- or under-exposure. I propose that you shoot a negative with different exposures and see what NLP will do. Slight differences will be visible, but far less than what you’d expect:

From left: -1 EV, 0, +1/3 EV, +2/3 EV, +1 EV, HDR
Lower row: Converted with NLP 2.3