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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Upon viewing his portfolio at the link you provided, my first thought was push processing. In push processing, one typically underexposes the shot (that is, meters and set exposure as if the the film ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

IMO, the primary cause of the effect is differential lighting. The birds and grass have hard bright frontal light from high right. Whereas the foreground and background appear to have softer/dimmer ...
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Photo contrast in early morning

A frequent problem is that your White Balance is set to "Auto". When it is so, the camera adjusts the colors so that the picture looks neutral, and this washes out any natural dominant color....
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

I think your manager is right, and that this phenomenon is much more widespread than just photos for social media, or even photography in general. Take a look in supermarkets, and take in the flashy ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

Late addition To me, the jury's still out on whether it's fake, but I do come down on the side of 'real, but worked up [too] hard'. In the photographer's defense, I do get the feeling the guy only got ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

Complementing Steven Kersting´s answer: The photo looks like a diorama. Look at the images at this google search You put some stuffed animals with a printed photograph as a background, then you add ...
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

Up to a point, yes. As this answers explains very well. On the other hand, there is a point at which one enters the area of "too much of a good thing!". Here's the full article rom which the above ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Hello this is Renato D’Agostin. By chance I found myself on this blog, and found curious and flattering to read comments about my photography. I thought it could be nice to comment myself. Regarding ...
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What is "veiling glare"? How does it affect my photos, and how can I avoid it?

Veiling glare is light that's not intended to be part of the image, per se, but ends up on the recording medium (film or sensor) anyway. It's caused by reflections and scattering of light by optical ...
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

It doesn't straight answer your question but I'd say your supervisor is correct on this one. MKBHD did a blind test comparison between smartphones and the result is exactly this theory. The ...
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Photo contrast in early morning

I think the camera did OK with the exposure, it just badly guessed the white balance. It will try to make the centre of an exposure an even 50% grey, which can sometimes in high contrast lighting push ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

The very sharp edges of the birds that totally lack loose feathers are indeed surprising. But if you go to the site and check the close-ups, you see some lose feathers on the back of the head of the ...
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How to achieve the super high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul Album?

I do not know the details, but do not underestimate the power of makeup. Normally this kind of photos have a lot of pre-production work. Just a tip, "back in the days" of film photography there was ...
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How can I change contrast within a single colour?

You could change contrast of individual channel by curves. I'm not sure if this is what you want though, because it will throw out the image color balance. Instead of changing contrast you can ...
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Saturation and contrast in photography vs video

In short, everything about color has a psychological meaning or response: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28612080 Oversaturated images tend to grab our attention and there is both a trend for ...
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Photo contrast in early morning

What should I change in the camera settings to achieve a photograph with more contrast? The basic problem is not the camera settings. It's that three-fourths of the image you told the camera to ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

I am not sure if you are seeing the same as I, but I agree, that the image at at least on a first glance looks odd. What I believe confuses my brain is that the birds all have a much brighter front (...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

The birds have "built-in" shading. I think this is a very important point, and I haven't seen it mentioned yet. The gradual transition between dark and light feathers can look like it is ...
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Can I tell which photo has more contrast from their histograms?

Yes I would agree the left image has more contrast, for two reasons. The main one is that because the right image is underexposed, there is lost detail in the blacks and the highlights don't extend ...
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Why are the images from a new camera I bought sort of greyish compared to my old camera?

The "issue" here is white balance. It has nothing to do with the lens. It is up to how each camera decides to treat the light. The human eye adapts to light temperature, but a camera has to decide ...
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Is there an optical filter that reduces the film's contrast?

Haze or flare will reduce the contrast of a scene. That's why lens designers work to minimize it. Introducing it in a controlled way will accomplish what you wish. You can use an air-space between ...
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What is "veiling glare"? How does it affect my photos, and how can I avoid it?

This supplement to mattdm's answer contains a series of images to illustrate the effect that coating technology can have on veiling glare. They were all taken handheld with the camera set to the same ...
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How to increase contrast/brightness of product photos?

Your lighting will be flat, which is expected based upon your lighting setup. If you shoot RAW, your processing time and storage needs will increase dramatically. So be certain to know how this will ...
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How to increase contrast/brightness of product photos?

Here's your main problem: Your camera can't tell the difference between a black cat in a coal mine and a white cat in a blizzard. If you point the camera at either and half-press the shutter to meter,...
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Do I have to buy filters to control contrast in multigrade papers?

Short answer: No, you do not need to buy filters. Long answer: Unless you already have a dichroic head head with built in filters, you may want to go ahead and buy the Ilford filter pack anyway if ...
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Contrast vs sharpening?

The best way to see the difference is to open an editing software like GIMP and too see how it works. Here's the picture I'll use, it's a color gradient to simulate a blurry edge In ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

With selective grade contrast papers and a variety of film processes you can achieve these results. I don't know if there's negative combinations or pre-flashing of the paper, but all of these are ...
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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?¹ The vast majority don't do their own curves programmatically, which seems to be what you are seeking. ...
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How could I have capture better the lighting for this photo

You need to manipulate the camera tools to achieve the look you want for your subject. The exposure of an image applies across the entire image frame. It isn't selective. If you expose the image for ...
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How to rescue ''dark photos'' of experimental work?

You can't use contrast and brightness because these still assume that the picture is about OK, and do most of the work on mid-tones, and you haven't got any of that. A tool like Curves(*) can help: ...
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