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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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 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'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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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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Why do my prints darken too quickly in the developer tray?

I'm playing with a pinhole camera recently.¹ It's the first time I'm actually developing photos myself. On my developer bottle it says I should use 1 unit of it and mix it with 9 units of water. Also,...
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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 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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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 long,...
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Dark+Contrast. New trend in photography editing, how its done?

There is this new trend where people create crazy contrasted photos, its all over the Tumblr and Instagram. I'm not in love with the style, but it looks so strange, that i can't help wondering - how ...
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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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How can I automatically correct aerial perspective in landscape photographs?

Because different wavelengths of light are scattered differently in air (there are actually two distinct types of scattering involved) light on the red end of the spectrum is scattered far more than ...
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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 can I change contrast within a single colour?

What techniques can be used to change the perceived contrast within a single colour only, in post processing? For example, how can I change the contrast of the blues to affect the sky, or the green ...
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Can I tell which photo has more contrast from their histograms?

for my BA degree I need to find out which one from the following two photos has more contrast: The histogram looks like (left histogram for the left photo, right histogram for the right photo): ...
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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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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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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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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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What does the “Flux” effect of Instagram do?

Whenever I'm done doing Post on my photos and share on social media, Flux from Insta always seems to magically make my photos "pop". No matter if they're portraits, landscapes - it seems like a very ...
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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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What tools can do severe contrast reduction, especially on faces?

Someone said in a comment "As a hint though, most of the options I'd head for in post would be in the Lab colour space where I can split colour and contrast." Most all tips I see on "post" are about ...
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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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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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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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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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All white with dark contrast color

I'm very much attracted to photos like these, but I have no idea how to do them. I would greatly appreciate if someone could explain how these photos are done because they are so beautiful. : ...
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Why are details lost when dynamic range is high?

I have read in many blogs and forums that when we have a larger dynamic range, we may lose details. Of course, I have experienced completely white areas in taking photos with bright sky. As far as I ...
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Why do all my landscape photos turn out so milky, almost foggy, and lack both contrast and color?

I don't really know how to explain it, but I guess the photos speak for themselves. What can I do to stop it from happening? I'm more trying to capture nice memories than take amazing photos, but the ...
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How to get high contrast texture? [closed]

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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How to achieve the super high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul Album?

I'm curious to know how to achieve the high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul album (please note: images are NSFW). I know this is probably done in post but I would like to know if there is a ...
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DSLR setting for a good contrast, sharper picture?

Is there any specific setting for capturing a picture that has a good contrast and is sharp? Sometimes I get a low contrast and need to go for post processing. I'm a beginner in DSLR photography and ...
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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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What's the balance of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks in this photo?

I would love to give my photos a dreamy effect like this. I can see there's some clarity reduction; what, in terms of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks, would the lighting look like? For instance,...
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Contrast on Canon Rebel

When purchased in 2008, all pictures were beautiful. Now it seems the meter is not reading the light properly. Many pictures are over exposed and most have too high contrast. It's mostly the contrast ...
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Taking photo with big contrasts and over-exposing? [duplicate]

I took this photo: The problem is that the center of the image is overexposed. Now, I was using f/5.6 as it works nice, focus is at the bench area, ISO is 200 because it was very bright, but cloudy ...
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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 ...
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How do you achieve this look and what style is it called? [closed]

I'm not sure how to describe the look in the picture, but I would like to achieve. Can anyone explain the specifics of it? I don't know where to start although it does look a bit desaturated.