De­cide on the per­fect bal­ance of high­light and shadow de­tail for vary­ing at­mos­phere

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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.

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