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Photo Editing Tip – Contrast

1 Nov

Many photographers take editing a little too far and end up ruining what was originally a great photo. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to edit your photos so much that they end up looking like a graphic design. Sometimes we get excited about a new editing program or a new trick we learned, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be used for every project.

One tool I always use on my photos is the contrast setting.

Contrast determines the separation of light and dark colors. High contrast makes the darks and lights stand out from each other. Low contrast makes darks and lights less noticeable and gives the picture and gray over-tone.

I always always always bump the contrast scale up a few points to give my photos that extra pop.

High contrast tends to wash out a person’s face and skin, so don’t over-do it on portraits. Contrast is easier to control when dealing with inanimate objects and scenery.

Example:

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Original photo, before changing contrast

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Edited photo, after changing contrast

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Welcome, photography lovers!

4 Oct

Since this is my first blog, I will be taking baby steps in an attempt (or several attempts) to get a feel for WordPress. So if you are a beginner photographer, you are in luck! In my first few blogs I will be going over basic photography knowledge that every photographer should know. If you aren’t a beginner, I would still love your company, comments, and critique on my page. :)

Each blog will be built on lessons from previous blogs. I don’t know much about technology, so I will do my best to help you understand each blog completely by including the best explanations and examples I can provide.

I have been passionate about photography for several years now, though I have only taken two photography classes: digital photography and black & white film photography. My lessons will be based on knowledge from these classes, from practice, and from research in my free time.

My blog will focus mainly on digital photography, but most of the basic lessons are required for film cameras as well. I will have short summaries at the end of each blog explaining which information can be used with film cameras.

I look forward to reading your feedback and I hope you decide to join me in my photography blog adventure! :)