Can we have too much Dynamic Range?

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Can we have too much Dynamic Range?
In reply to meland, May 4, 2014

Vast dynamic range has nothing to do with how interesting a lighting scheme looks. It's all about the tonal composition of your images--how you utilize the variation of shadows and highlights and mid-tones to create interesting forms, shapes, colors, textures, as well as enhance the visual narrative/emotions of your images.

Even if the dynamic range is vast, you can still have strong light to shadow ratios, and the highlights and shadows can still be compelling and contrasty without ever being blown out or burnt in. I mean, human vision has much wider dynamic range than camera sensors, but when you look at beautiful scene--be it a sunset or a busy city at night, do you feel it's any less compelling because your eyes can see much wider dynamic range than your camera could?

Instead of thinking about dynamic range in a technical manner, try to think about images more in an artistic manner, such as really well photographed scenes in high-key, low-key, or middle-key lighting, where none of the highlights are blown out or shadows burned in, but the interplay of light and shadow and forms are creating a visual aesthetic that is compelling to look at.

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