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If a particular tone in a photo is clipped then it lacks detail. Clipped (underexposed) shadows will display as areas of pure black. Clipped (overexposed) highlights will appear as white. A little clipping is acceptable, especially in a black-and-white image, as it ensures a strong contrast. Clipped specular highlights, such as reflections in water droplets or on shiny metal surfaces, can remain clipped (pure white) as there are no key details to be lost in these tiny areas.