I picked a few photos from my file for this week’s lesson–contrastย and made some adjustments.

#1 An old tree and young horses

1/30, f18, iso 100.



#2 Backlit, after adding contrast

1/640, f7.1, and iso 320, canon 7DII, 28-135 mm lens

#3 A close up shot

1/60, f11, iso 1600, 18 -300 mm lens

#4 Water fountain in black and white. Canon PowerShot:

As always, Raj provides a set of photos and explains the effect of each in great details.

Click here to learn more.

Looking forward to hearing your critics, Raj! Thank you!

46 thoughts on “Contrast

  1. Again I agree with Raj’s comments. I thought the increase in contrast on the 1st photo would have been better too. Have you seen my silhouettes? I love doing this to some of my bird photos.The close up is a bit of a mish-mash for me. I would have gotten much closer but I love macro too. The kids playing again I would have increased the black and upped the highlights to catch the water to make the buildings fade more into the background.
    I am so much piggy-backing on your lessons, thanks Raj for your comments. Wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Pingback: XDrive Photography Learning โ€“ 16 โ€“ Contrasts. – XDrive

  3. Thanks Amy for the contribution for the week on contrasts. Btw thank you for a paragraph on meโ€ฆ. ๏Š You may not know, I am learning too many things from you all without your knowledge. Yes dedicating the time has been the biggest challenge so far.But thank you very much for your appreciation Amy, your support gives a lot of encouragement to me.

    Pic 1: Nice contrast adjustment and clearly shows the usage of contrast slider. The adjustment you have done is โ€œjust enough contrastโ€ one should look for in most situations. However, I feel you even can bump up the contrast a notch up too. But in a misty condition you are in there I feel what you have done just fine. I see a small tilt to the image taking the reference from the compound grillwork.

    Pic 2: Nice silhouette of a bird praying(??) instead of preying ๐Ÿ˜€ Bird in the background is a distraction. I wonder, how it will look if you brought down the shadows to make it a perfectly silhouetted, in this scene the details in the shadows may not be that important to show?

    Pic 3: These kinds of photographs get a lot of contrast by default because of the lighting and the shadows created by the firelit conditions. But I feel I would shoot more closeup here. The main objective in these kinds of shots is the finer details which can happen only when you go closer.

    Pic 4: Perfect use of backlit conditions for a shoot showing children at play. The monochrome treatment greatly enhances it. But I see some art effects and halo on the building lines top right. Probably because of the low-quality picture from your PowerShot. ๏Š

    This critique is part of XDriveโ€™s Photography Learning sessions. Thanks for the contribution Amy

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    • Thank you so much, Raj! This is another very interesting topic to learning about.
      I debate on fixing the tilt as it was a slop. Thank you for pointing it out. I agree it’d look better if I brought down the shadows… I was happy to see the big difference when I increase the contrast for #3. You are right, the quality of #4 is not good.
      Appreciate your critics. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Good morning, Amy. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s interesting to find out how we all get to where we are. I remember your Grand Canyon experience clearly. I had learned a few things from that post, and those photos were excellent.
    The first photo is my favorite. The after photo really showed us how adding contrast can do to a photo. I love how the tree and horse look after you made the change.
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a great day.
    (Thanks for telling us Raj’s award. He is a great teacher for sure.)

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    • So glad you remember the post I did sometime ago. It was a great experience of listening to a professional photography who had passion for GC and I didn’t know all that until the end of our encounter. I rarely barge in unless I think the person needs help, I haven’t approached another photographer since. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for your comment, Helen. The contrast made some nice enhancements to the photo. Thanks to Raj! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I still haven’t come to grips with my Nikon, preferring to use my point and click Canon as I’m used to it. So I admire you for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new photographic techniques with new equipment. And Raj sounds amazing to help you all along the way ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you for reading, Mary. You’re right, it was a brief lesson, but it changed my perspective and I got some cool shots. I need more than once a week practice. ๐Ÿ™‚


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