Composition is one of the most important skills a photographer can learn.

By ammirare | March, 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Explore tonal contrast

Tonal contrast is the difference between the lightest and darkest tones in your images. It is very important in black and white photography because when you take away color, tonal contrast is all that’s left.

But it’s also important in color photography, it’s just that we’re not as aware of the tonal contrast because of the strength of the colors in the image. Learn to compose with tones and not only will you be a good black and white photographer but you’ll dramatically improve your color images as well.
There are a couple of interesting ways to use tones. Both make good creative exercises.
Creative exercise: The first is to create an image with a small amount of light tones amongst a lot of dark tones. You can use this technique to create quite dramatic images. The viewer’s eye goes straight to the lightest tones, then moves around the image to take in the rest of it, before moving back to the lightest tones again.
Creative exercise: The other exercise is to create an image that is mainly light tones with a few dark tones. It’s the opposite approach to the previous one. If it’s snowing right now where you live this is an excellent opportunity to create images like the one above. Making silhouettes against bright skies is the most extreme situation for this.

Information from  Andrew S Gibson Blog : Writer & Fine Art  Photographer

Photo  by Ekaterina Utimisova

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