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Italy, Venice. Contrast Range & RAW.
When scenes have both sunny areas (highlights) and dark shadows, you expose for the highlights and then lighten shadows later in a photo editor. If the highlights have no detail (blown out), you'll never retrieve the detail.
If quality is important, photograph in both .jpg and RAW file formats. Camera RAW provides the highest quality, but is much larger than the jpeg file. However, jpeg's are easier to open and send over the internet. Gondoliers from the Rialto Bridge at sunset, Grand Canal.