Dynamic Range (Three Photographs)

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One thing that is very hard to correct for and makes most of our photos interpretations and not absolutely accurate, is the fact that camera sensors cannot capture the full dynamic range of light our eyes can see. Color negative film has the widest range and digital sensors the least. Both are far from what our eyes and brains can interpret. HDR software (high dynamic range) has come some way in helping get a naturally larger range of light, but is somewhat stymied by the narrow color space of the web and print photography (that is the range of colors as well as light that can be seen in a print). Melding photos taken with different exposures of the same scene may help, but are also interpretations of the original scene. Camera makers’ attempts to deal with this with specialized dynamic range settings have not been ideal (they arbitrarily open shadows and darken highlights). The aim, whether you work in color or in B&W, is to make sure that the shadows and/or highlights of interest are properly represented, recognizing that sometimes compromise has to be made between them. Just because the sky is blown out does not in my view make it a bad shot.

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4 responses

  1. I like your use of the word “compromise.” As photographers, we make lots of creative choices as we capture our images and many of those choices represent compromises as we seek the balance competing factors. As you rightfully point our, dynamic range is one such factor, as ls the question of focus and depth of field.

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    March 24, 2017 at 6:16 am

  2. Nice images.

    Like

    March 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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