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Italy, Venice. Contrast Range & RAW.
When scenes have both sunny areas (highlights) and dark shadows, you must expose for the highlights and then lighten shadows later using 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 same jpeg file. However, jpeg's are easier to open and send over the internet.
Gondoliers seen from the Rialto Bridge at sunset, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.