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Understanding how contrast works can greatly improve your photos. There are several kinds of contrast to talk about. Let’s go through them:
CONTRAST BETWEEN DARK AND LIGHT:
Photos that have some major differences between dark and light can greatly improve some of your photos. Some photos, of course, should not have much contrast at all, and learning how to see the light in your frame is what you need to look for. Black and white photos are often used a lot to create great contrast, and that is why black and white will be around for a long time. It is because the better the contrast between dark and light, or the blacks and the whites are what makes a good black and white photo. For more information about how to do black and white successfully try going to this site: https://123photogo.com/2021/11/22/reasons-to-try-black-and-white/
CONTRAST IN COLOR PHOTOS:
To get good contrast in color photos, shadows have to play a big part in your photo. When you take a picture at noon, there is just not much shadows that look good. They are short and really add nothing to the photo. However, taking photos, say, at the Golden Hour, your shadows are long, and makes the photo look amazing. If you want good contrast in your photos, look to shoot in morning or sunset.
CONTRASTING COLORS ARE ANOTHER INTERESTING WAY TO SHOW CONTRAST:
Bold dynamic colors are a great way to really get someone excited about contrast. This is just an example of how you take a bright color, and mix it with a dark color. Here are some more examples of contrast in color:
Putting a brilliant color with a dark background is perfect. It’s not a black background, but a complimentary dark green color, and that is what makes this photo so amazing. This may be a practice of “Seeing Light”. Check this out: https://123photogo.com/2017/05/07/understanding-light-in-photography/
Of course, a silhouette is a great way to get contrast in your photos. This is done by just making sure there is a strong light behind your subject (the sun is a popular way to do this). And you can create your own source for doing silhouettes. Like this photo:
For more information about shooting silhouettes, go to: https://123photogo.com/2021/11/24/learn-how-to-do-amazing-silhouette-photos/
There are obviously a lot of different ways to do contrast in photography. Look at the above examples and pick the one you would like to master.
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