As Aurélien teached us, there are two ways of using Filmic:
- Expose to the right, without clipping highlights, and use Filmic RGB to “recover shadows” (apologies for the legacy terms)
- Expose for the subject, do not care about overexposure, use Filmic RGB to recover highlights
See here below a picture of a typical “HDR” scene, where part of the frame is in direct sunlight and the other part is in shade.
Here are my results applying the two methods:
It seems to me that with the first method you get better contrast in highlights, but shadows suffer a bit, there seems to be more noise, while with the second method you get cleaner shadows, at the price of more compression in highlights.