Photography Is Complex, Simple, Subjective, Factual and Everything In-between
Do you ever get that feeling something is not quite right with your image? Compositionally it looks fantastic but something is just jarring your view of it. It’s a very common issue when people progress from pure beginners to a more intermediate level.
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As beginners, we often fail to see issues within an image. Bowled over by a sense of pride in our capture we tend not to look at the more technical aspects if it. As we progress we start to see beyond the aesthetic and look at the technical aspects. Today, we are helping you to identify the 6 most common problems with a photograph.
The first problem is not actually an “image problem” but the way you view it. Forget judging the image on the LCD screen of your camera, that will give you little to no visual information. You need to make judgments on a proper computer screen, preferably one that has been color calibrated. Color calibration is an important part of getting your technical game on point and need not be expensive these days. So assuming you are looking at your images on a color-calibrated screen, what other problems might we find?
Exposure – Clipping
Clipping occurs when you overexpose an image. It manifests itself as the brightest parts of the image going pure white, even if they were not pure white in the actual scene. It's probably the biggest problem with a photograph as it is unrecoverable in post production. Trying to pull the highlights back, in say Photoshop, will just give you a uniform gray block rather than any definition. The solution? Keep an eye on your histogram and clipping alerts when shooting. Switching on clipping alerts will show clipped parts of an image as a flashing block of color. The histogram will show you potential clipping when the exposure is spilling off the right side of the graph.
About the author
Jason has more than 35 years of experience as a professional photographer. He now concentrates on producing travel stock photography and video from around the world, and you can get to know him better here