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Contrast The difference between light and dark areas in an image.

Author: billhuegerich

Post on 28-Jan-2018



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  1. 1. Contrast The difference between light and dark areas in an image.
  2. 2. Camera vs. your eye? The camera cannot capture near therange of tones that the human eye can.Thats why we need to be aware ofwhat tones it is able to capture.
  3. 3. High ContrastA large range of tones. Very dark blacks and bright whites.
  4. 4. Low ContrastA small range of tones. Very gray, at, muddy.
  5. 5. Its all in the timingAround noon on a sunny day, the lightis very contrasty, direct, and harsh.Around sunrise/sunset, light is lesscontrasty, because its diffused by moreatmosphere (not to mention longer shadows tocreate more depth in your images.)
  6. 6. Cloudy Days...Overcast skies produce less contrast, because the sunlight is very diffused. This can be good for shooting portraits, but not so good for landscapes.
  7. 7. Dont look at the sun! Shooting directlyinto the sun will killyour contrast andconfuse the lightmeter in yourcamera.
  8. 8. Bad Flare... Shooting toward the sun can also cause lens are!
  9. 9. What can I do about it? We cant change the sun or the clouds.We can photograph early or late in theday if the sunlight is too harsh.We can move our subject out of directsun and into shadows (besides helping get thecontrast down, itll keep your subject from squinting so much.)
  10. 10. Too contrasty
  11. 11. Better...
  12. 12. Now lets go take some great pictures!