I just switched from shooting in jpg format to RAW and then converting to DNG when importing from the camera. I find that I am having to decrease exposure on almost every shot. Up until now whenever I have been out it has been pretty dull and foggy, so I just blamed the weather. Today however I had some really good light, and again, every shot has come out overexposed. I am pretty sure I can fix them up, but before I start fooling around willy nilly (like I've been doing up till now) I have a few questions.
1. Is this kind of thing to be expected when shooting in RAW format? Is it normal to have to make exposure adjustments.
2. Seeing as I am working with an uncalibrated screen, I need to know if I can trust the histogram. For instance, if the histogram says the photo is overexposed, then it is overexposed, and my screen calibration has nothing to do with what the histogram says.
3. Might I be better off to keep the file in RAW format rather than convert to DNG? I will experiment with this anyway, but would like some opinions.
4. The photo below is an example. This was shot in RAW format converted to DNG and then resized and exported as a jpg so I could post it here. I did not do any PP. On my screen it is overexposed and the histogram bears this out. Every shot from today is the same - way overexposed and washed out.
I'm not sure if you can get any metadata information from the file as posted. If you can, is there anything in there that you can see that might help me avoid this in the future. If you can't see the metadata, do you know how I can get it to show up so you can take a look.