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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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Confused by a paragraph in the classic photography book Understanding Exposure explaining the limits of today's camera meters

In the classic photography book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson, on page 113 of the fourth edition of the book, the author writes that: [...] in addition to being confused by white and black,...
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Do ND filters affect contrast and dynamic range? [closed]

I think I know what’s causing our confusion and miscommunication. Changing the ISO from a big number to double reduces the POTENTIAL Dynamic Range by about 1 stop. But it does not change the histogram ...
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Benefits of Contrast Measurement with an External Light Meter?

I'm learning to use a Gossen Digipro F2 light meter and am unclear about the benefits of "contrast measurement." The manual indicates that after "...aiming the meter at various areas of ...
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Raw photo vs raw video

Why are DNG, NEF or other raw photos look such different at first sight, no editing, as D-LOG, ProRes and other raw or near to raw video frames? Photos look contrasted while videos look flat. By "...
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How could I have capture better the lighting for this photo

I took an inhouse photo in which the sun was entering through the window. I'm guessing that due to the contrast, the flowers are really bright but the background is more dark than what it was ...
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Why is the contrast calculated in i1Profiler so low?

I just received a Dell S3221QS 32" Monitor with a VA panel. I used i1 Display Pro and i1Profiler 3.x to calibrate the monitor. At the end the calculated contrast ratio is just 256:1, which is ...
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How can I improve the contrast between the water and bushes in this photo?

I took this photo: I chose a bush as the background, mainly because water and a green background go together very well. I also had the aperture to around f4.5, so the depth of field is much smaller, ...
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A more "professional" contrast curve than y = a*x + b?

What curves do photographers use when modifying the contrast of their photographic images? The simple equation y = a*x + b is sometimes with a as "contrast" and b as "brightness", ...
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Increasing contrast in a darkroom print?

So I made a darkroom print the other day, but I am unhappy with it. It doesn't have enough contrast. Now I know what you're gonna say: 'You should use a high contrast paper or filter'. Thanks, but ...
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low element count primes render better than high element count zooms? Which image is which?

I was told that prime lenses with low element counts have the potential to produce better colors and greater contrast than lenses with many many elements inside. I was told primes mostly 'render' ...
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Saturation and contrast in photography vs video

I've observed different ways and styles to edit photography, and sometimes "cinematic" photography. And I've observed in some places photography tends to have strong contrast and saturation. Very ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

So there's a photographer named Renato D'Agostin who is renowned for his very high-contrast and minimalist photos, and while I don't want to recreate his style per se, I do want to try to replicate ...
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When enlarging with no contrast filter, photo comes out extremely dark. What am I doing wrong?

When enlarging b&w 35mm film in the darkroom, I cannot get a decent print unless I use a 0 or 1 grade filter. If I use no filter, the print turns out nearly completely black (even at exposure ...
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I took this photo of a sunset a few years ago. Would this image be considered a low or high contrast image?

I’m confused because there are dark silhouettes at the bottom of the image. I’ve been taught that if there are dark shadows and silhouettes, it will almost always be a high contrast image. Can someone ...
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8bit monitor theoretical contrast

Imagine perfect monitor that can display pure blacks and is perfectly calibrated. What would the contrast be between its second darkest shade of black, that is 1,1,1 values for blue green red sub ...
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Contrast vs sharpening?

I am trying to study basic digital image processing but i am confused by the difference between two terms "image contrast " and "image sharpening' Please kindly explain the difference and if possible ...
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Do I have to buy filters to control contrast in multigrade papers?

I am interested in buying one of Ilford multigrade papers, e.g. https://www.ilfordphoto.com/multigrade-fb-classic-glossy-sheets I have old small-format enlarger and I wonder if I could achieve ...
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Is it possible to make an apparently completely blurry image (shot through a colored label) more clear?

I have been putting a colored label on my webcam when im not using it. I read this on the internet as it prevents hackers from seeing you in case your laptop gets hacked. I don't know much about ...
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

Atm I'm editing some images (Mainly photos of landscapes and food) for a social media campaign. My supervisor is confident that adding high saturation and contrast will lead to more attention in ...
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Why does the imported JPEG from my Canon Powershot G9X Mark II on PC screen differ quite significantly from the camera display? [duplicate]

Consider the attached sample images. I took them circa 4:50 AM and 3:50 AM, respectively. On the Live View display of the Powershot G9X Mark II, they were full of light. The pictures were taken as ...
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Will upgrading from P900 to Nikon D500 and a 200-400 lens make my bird photographs sharper?

I am using a Nikon P900 and although I love the camera the image quality is not always as sharp as it could be. Also it is just 3 years old and is falling to bits although i do use it daily. As most ...
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How can take a better picture of this creek under bright sun light and dense vegetation on banks?

Here is the first picture with 0 ev, f/2.8 and exposure time of 1/80. Here is second pic with -1.33 ev, f/3.2 and exposure time of 1/150. I think there are several problems with them: 1) It is ...
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How to handle the tone curve (linear/medium/high contrast) and the other development settings?

I use Lightroom 6.x and I usually start with a linear curve, adjusting the sliders in the "Basic" section accordingly. The Tone curve section usually does not even get opened. This because I'm not a ...
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Enhance snowy mountain detail (high-frequency high-contrast) in RawTherapee

I occasionally have this issue where the camera software produces better microcontrast than I can via RawTherapee. I am unsure whether this is an issue with the software or with my ability to use it. ...
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How to increase contrast/brightness of product photos?

[Warning: I'm not a pro photographer!] Hi guys. I need to take a lot of product pictures for my blog. I'm using my Canon G5 X (compact) and continuous lighting of 3x 125 W 5500К bulbs in softboxes (...
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Contrast order of operations in Lightroom?

I've been watching a number of how-to videos on Lightroom, and one general workflow I've seen is performing the Basic adjustments first (white, black, highlights, shadows, etc.), followed by adjusting ...
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What is "veiling glare"? How does it affect my photos, and how can I avoid it?

Someone mentioned that "veiling glare" or "veiling flare" was to blame for reduced contrast in a photo. What does this mean exactly? What causes veiling glare, and how can it be avoided? How does it ...
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Is negative's contrast change by the developement process different from software contrast adjustment of the negative's scan?

Let's assume that I have an exposed frame with the contrast range not fully covered (and let's assume that I just want the scan). I have two options: develop it normally, scan and then work on this ...
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computer produces light photos

I noticed recently when I copy an image from my pc to a thumb drive and connect it to a digital projector or a TV or a laptop comp. the image comes out lighter than that on my pc. I also tried a jpg ...
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Is there an optical filter that reduces the film's contrast?

As far as I know, the change of the exposure moves the negative' density curve left or right only (moves the objects to the different zones), and to shrink or enlarge overall contrast, one has to ...
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Programmatically assessing image quality [closed]

I am using a third party service which processes images and returns some metadata: The data (and ranges) looks like this sharpness 0-1 brightness 0-1 contrast: 0-1 dominant color: hex array of '...
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How to mimic Olympus' dramatic tone filter?

I just did a few tries with some of Olympus' art filters and liked that "dramatic tone" filter. But even then, the images are far from perfect and I would like to recreate them in my raw converter (I ...
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Does opening the aperture improve color contrast? (Open aperture producing more punchy colors / closed aperture more dull colors?)

I'm using some SLR legacy lenses on a mirrorless camera that I have, and I am under the (subjective) impression that if the aperture is wide open, the colors are more vibrant, while closing the ...
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What settings to use for portrait with white background? [duplicate]

I am newbie trying to get a good picture of my friends (contrasting skin color) with snow covered mountain in the background. I tried using aperture priority mode with f/11 and 1/100 sec, 28 mm. ...
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What "makes" contrast, anyway? [closed]

Or better, the loss of it? If I take a picture of a uniformly white wall, I don't expect contrast at all and that's ok. But sometimes I take photos of a a scene where there are light areas, dark ...
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Lanyard colours which are both high contrast and suitable for colour blind attendees

In a recent weekend long game, we started using colour coded lanyards to determine players photography preferences: Black: No photography restrictions (take and publish without tagging) Orange: No ...
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How to increase contrast when shooting drab scenes

On cloudy days, it seems like the amount of contrast available for shooting is greatly reduced. For a specific test I did, the in-camera histogram shows a very narrow band in the middle - for ...
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Why are the images from a new camera I bought sort of greyish compared to my old camera?

I am not a huge expert in photography. I own just a simple pocket size Sony WX220, and have been comparing it with shots from a Canon G7X Mark I that I bought as a Christmas present (shh, don't tell ...
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Photographing surfers

A while ago I was photographing some people surfing. I looked at some previews and was a bit puzzled: all the shots were suffering from extremely low contrast, and seemed generally out of focus. ...
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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): My ...
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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 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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