View Full Version : Bad Contrast

06-01-2006, 03:48 PM
This photo was rejected for bad contrast


I did a search in the forums regarding this rejection. I found many great links to photography sites which explained how to work on contrast in PS.

What I am wondering about is, how is this bad contrast? Are the darks, too dark? Are the whites, too bright? Is the difference between the ends of the spectrum too stark? Should all the overall tone be grey?

On my home computer screen, a bright LCD, all the intricate details from the hoses across the pilot to the trucks are visible and well defined.

Not being greatly familiar in B&W, I am interested in how the finish product should compare to this version - rather than how to get there.

This is a photo from the same area in color
http://twincitiesrailfan.com/images_sm/cp2/cp4599_053006.jpg (http://twincitiesrailfan.com/photo.php?photo_id=3230)

06-01-2006, 04:16 PM
I think the main issue here is that the images are appearing brighter on your screen than they are on the screener's. At least on my computer, the areas you mentioned were fully visible were almost completely shadowed. I've had this issue when working on the computers at school, whose monitors aren't correctly calibrated. If you have Adobe Photoshop, you should have Adobe Gamma, which should allow you to calibrate your monitor.

06-02-2006, 02:55 AM
Ditto on the monitor calibration-here is an excellent site: http://epaperpress.com/monitorcal/index.html

You did a good job on the B&W though... do the monitor thing, then bring up the too-dark trucks with the shadow/highlight tool.


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06-02-2006, 10:51 AM
I aggree, if it looks good on your screen then your screen is too bright.

I've lightened the shadows and darkened the highlights a little. It looks ok on my (calibrated) screen.

There's a simple greyscale test targets here:



06-03-2006, 03:46 PM
Thanks, I have calibrated my monitor (hopefully correctly) and will delve a bit deeper into PS.