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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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between levels, curves and contrast settings in post processing?

I have found and read a lot of tutorials that speak individually about curves, levels and contrast in post-processing but no luck so far about finding something that compares them. It is my ...
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How can I undo Canon Auto Lighting Optimizer in Lightroom?

I was shooting in RAW in the Tv mode with my Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer set to Standard. I understand this is one of the settings that, even when you shoot in RAW, will correct your image's ...
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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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How do I give my photos the same dreamlike effect as this photographer?

I've always found this photographer's images very intriguing and have recently been curious as to how she took and/or edited them. Can you explain how this effect would be achieved via both of these ...