I would really like to know when it's "OK" to have blown spots on an image.
Today I was playing around a little with some black fabric I bought, taking some photos of a teacup my grandmother had given me. Just trying to learn more, not because it's a spectular photo -- though I am awfully fond of this teacup! Anyway, the problem is, I really cannot get a nice-looking image without blown spots. Is it OK to have blown spots, and if not, what can I do differently to prevent this? Exposure was set to Center Weighted Average, and the photo was just taken by a window.
Here's my edited image with a small blown area (because otherwise it looked too dark overall):
Here's the SOOC image (settings Manual, SS 1/30, f4.5, ISO 200):
And here's another SOOC image with blown spots (settings Manual, SS 1/20, f4.0, ISO 200):
I can see that the teacup probably was not placed very well with respect to the light source (the window)... would that make a difference to the blown spots?
Sorry lots of questions, I'm just trying to figure things out!