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Contrast is the difference in luminance and/or colour that makes an object (or its representation in an image or display) distinguishable.

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Can I recover my aurora photographs?

I really need help fixing these photos. My mom (71 yrs old) had seeing the aurora on her bucket list and so we went to Norway (from DALLAS!) to see them. We did, luckily, but the photographs all ...
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Techniques for photographing stained glass?

I often take photographs of stained glass, but they come out either as too overexposed or underexposed due to the high levels of contrast between the window which is usually backlit and the frame ...
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How can I make the text in this photograph of an ancient column more readable?

I have a picture of a column with some text: The text is really hard to make out. Is there any way I can manipulate the image to make the text stand out more and be easier to read? I have tried ...
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How do lenses vary in contrast?

I was reading a review of a wide-angle lens, and the review opined that the lens had impaired contrast wide open. Optically, what's happening here? How does the light passing through the lens lose ...
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How to get high contrast texture?

There is a certain style in pictures that I'm interested in achieving, and I might not know the appropriate name for it. It seems to be recently popular in portrait pictures, where a term for it seems ...
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What is the Lightroom equivalent of setting the contrast to -2 in the camera?

I am playing with the different picture styles directly from my Canon 5D-II and I would like to know if there is some sort of mapping with what I can do in Lightroom. What is the equivalent of -2 ...
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What is difference between tonal contrast and just contrast?

What is difference between tonal contrast and just contrast? Usually the editor programs will have a contrast slider while the "special" plugins of these software will have tonal contrast. Is tonal ...
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How to deal with large exposure shifts during time lapse?

First - I've 30 yrs shooting experience. Not a novice. But, total Newbie to Time-lapse. Just did my first couple of tests yesterday. My wife was shopping - had to occupy myself.... I kept them short ...
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What is the difference between microcontrast and sharpness?

I keep hearing the internet talk of this micro contrast from the famous Zeiss lenses. What is it? Is it the same as sharpness? And if so, why is it called differently for Zeiss? Does anyone have any ...
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How was contrast increased back in the film days?

How was the contrast increased with film? One technique is given in this answer and involves Selenium. Are there other methods that were/are used to increase contrast in a photo taken on film?
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For MTF, why does 10 represent contrast while 30 represent resolution?

I'm trying to learn to read MTF charts. Everything is making sense to me, except why most explanations of MTF will refer to the 10 l/mm line as a measure of contrast while referring to the 30 l/mm ...
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Contrast (or dynamic range) enhancement for very bright images [closed]

I have a scientific application where I have a very bright image - basically a laser beam cross-section - and want to detect very small variations in brightness (around 0.01% or less) within it. ...
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Does contrast affect dynamic range?

Does modifying the contrast of an image change the dynamic range of a photograph? Does it make it better quality?
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How do you get good contrast with Canon Matte Photo Paper?

I'm trying to print on Canon Matte Photo paper from my Pixma Pro-1. Printing on Luster and Glossy paper works great, but when specifying that I'm printing on Canon Matte Photo paper, the darkest ...
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How to edit the exposure/contrast of two different areas of a photo with a smooth transition between the two parts?

I'm a complete newbee in photography and in photography editing, but I made a a photo I really like with my phone, and I would like to improve it numerically. Here is the photo. I know how to use ...
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What can be done to replicate the look of Andrew Bayda photographs?

Look please photos of Andrew Bayda. Can tell me anybody please how does he reach so poppy color and cotrast? I think one of secrets is using Capture One Pro soft, but I'm using that software too ...
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What's the difference between adding contrast and simultaneously darkening highlights and brightening shadows in Lightroom?

In Lightroom 4, when editing a RAW file, what's the difference (if any) between the following edits: A). +30 Contrast Or B). -30 Highlights, +30 Shadows. Do these do the same thing?
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Pictures I took from my Nikon D5000 have low contrast. Whats wrong with my camera? [closed]

The pictures I have taken with my Nikon D5000 have low contrast, is there anything wrong with my camera? Every time I import pictures to Lightroom I have to adjust contrast to get a clear picture. ...
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Are there objective tests showing the the impact of a lens hood on image quality where there is no obvious flare?

I am familiar with the function of a lens hood, and I can understand that they could help to improve the contrast of pictures. However, I'm not convinced whether a lens hood does make all that much of ...
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Is it possible for a lens to produce too much contrast?

I came across a complaint that a certain lens produces too much contrast. The lens was described as rendering "cartoonish" contrast when shooting a portrait with diffused light from a window, where ...
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How could I get scanner-like images with a camera?

I want to learn how to set up my Canon DS4061 Rebel to take clear pictures of a standard book... but I get poor photos with grey background and the black of the print is not black, but grey also. Now ...
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What is “micro contrast” and how is it different from regular contrast?

What is micro contrast, and why is it important? How is it different than regular contrast? Matt Grum mentioned it in his answer about larger-format cameras: There are other advantages to medium ...
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How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?

Can someone try to help me how to shoot and edit photos to have similar result as the fourth photo on this page? http://daniellestahl.com.au/blog/tag/sydney/ Is there some fast way how to do it or ...
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How to cope with high contrast?

Many times (especially around midday), we encounter lighting situations where the contrast of the scene is too high to capture with a camera. What can we do to create a useful picture in such ...
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How much contrast should I have?

Or rather: What artistic effect does a high-contrast photo have on the viewer? What artistic effect does a low-contrast photo have on the viewer? How do I know when high contrast is "too much" or ...