Tuesday, June 10, 2014
We bust some of the most common myths that digital photographers take into the field to help you get your best images
It's true that cameras have a more limited capacity—dynamic range—than our eyes do. This naturally results in contrasty images. That's neither good nor bad except as it affects how you want to portray your subject. HDR can be ideal for certain subjects because it can be used to reveal elements in a scene that are important and can't be captured by the camera without it. On the other hand, the drama of contrast can be equally important, and working to eliminate that contrast can weaken a photo. In the final analysis, contrast is simply a tool to be used by the photographer to control the image and give it the interpretation that works best for your subject and your needs as a photographer.
8 You can always crop for a better photo. Technically, this isn't a digital myth. Photographers used to do it with film, as well. With high-megapixel cameras, however, there has become almost a culture of cropping as a way of creating images. There's nothing necessarily wrong with cropping, and sometimes that's the best thing to do with a photograph. However, if cropping is always used as a way to improve the image, that means you're not getting the best photo from the start when you take the picture.
An easy way to check this is to look at your histogram. You never want to have a large gap on the right side of the histogram; that means underexposure that's causing problems for your sensor.
Physically moving closer to or farther from your subject changes things that can't be changed by cropping or zooming. As you move, you change relationships of foreground to background, you alter perspective, and you affect the appearance of space within your photograph. These things can be significant, which is why the same subject shot with a wide-angle lens up close and with a telephoto lens from farther away will have totally different looks even if the subject is the same size in both photos.
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