With DT3.4 I took the plunge and switched to a scene-referred workflow with filmic, after 20 years of using base curves. I am really impressed by how simple and straightforward the new workflow is, and blown away by the results. Adjust exposure for the midtones > Filmic > local contrast > sharpen > done.
I notice though that on some of my images worked this way I tend to have to increse Exposure by a lot (2 or sometimes 2.5 EVs) in order to get the midtones where I want them, which pushes up noise. I general in the final picture the noise goes unseen (and the overall result is great compared to the regular workflow) however I wonder if I need to change the way I expose in-camera.
In the past when I shoot I kind of expose for the highlights and using “matrix exposure” (Nikon d500, it has a setting in the exposure meter to ‘expose for highlights’). Looks like that is not a good idea for the new scene-referred workflow. Question - shall I start exposing for the midtones (more like center-weighted or even “spot” metering), accepting overexposure that can later be corrected by filmic?