Two ways to take con­trol of con­trast in your shots

Con­trol­ling over­all con­trast is the key to in­creas­ing im­pact for suc­cess­ful blackand-white im­ages – and there are only two tools you need to get to grips with

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No mat­ter how care­ful you were when cap­tur­ing your im­ages, black-and-white shots will al­ways need some ex­tra tweaks to ei­ther re­duce or in­crease the con­trast of the im­age. There are many dif­fer­ent ways that you can fine-tune the con­trast, but Curves and Clar­ity of­fer ef­fec­tive and sim­ple ways to achieve al­most any ef­fect you want. The Curves ad­just­ment can be ap­plied in Light­room or Cam­era Raw to your raw im­ages, but it’s also pos­si­ble to ap­ply it as a straight ad­just­ment to your im­age or an Ad­just­ment Layer, to an im­age al­ready opened in the main Pho­to­shop workspace.

To ap­ply Clar­ity to JPEG, TIFF or PSD im­ages in Pho­to­shop, you need to open the Cam­era Raw Fil­ter, where you’ll find it near the bot­tom of the Ba­sic Ad­just­ments win­dow. Clar­ity af­fects tones in a dif­fer­ent way to Curves: it in­creases or de­creases the lo­cal con­trast where there are ad­ja­cent dark and light tones. In­creas­ing Clar­ity will make the im­age ap­pear sharper, as there is more edge con­trast, and add ‘punch. Re­duc­ing Clar­ity will make it ap­pear softer and give it a ‘glow’ ef­fect.

+100 Clar­ity Digi tal Camer a

Blown out

+50 Clar­ity

0 Clar­ity

High con­trast

Medium con­trast

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