EXPERIMENT WITH CONTRAST
Decide on the perfect balance of highlight and shadow detail for varying atmosphere
The standard practice when adjusting the contrast of an image is to set the Black and White points, to ensure no highlight or shadow clipping occurs, and then find the best balance of tones between these extremes. however, this can produce a highly standardised look. consider where intentional clipping may be permissible or even desirable, to generate a high- or low-key style. The advisable approach is to ensure good detail is captured across the tonal range, in-camera, while shooting rAW files, to offer the maximum flexibility in software. set the Blacks and Whites first, then adjust the shadows and highlights sliders, to tailor your intended effect.