Creative Challenges – Contemplating Contrast

When photographers refer to contrast, they are most likely talking about tonal contrast although contrast comes in many different forms such as colors and textures. Contrast can effectively be used to isolate your photo’s point of interest. Here are few examples:

  • Color Contrast - Death Valley National Park, CA

    Color Contrast – Death Valley National Park, CA

  • Contrast in Texture, Big Island, Hawaii

    Contrast in Texture, Big Island, Hawaii

  • Contrast in Lines - Vermillion Cliffs - Arizona, USA

    Contrast in Lines – Vermillion Cliffs – Arizona, USA

Objective: Use contrast to make your subject stand out.

What You Will Learn

  • How to use contrast to isolate and define your subject.
  • How to recognize different types of contrast, including contrast of color, form, texture, focus, size, and motion.
  • How to create contrast with your camera settings and equipment by adjusting your aperture, using a long exposure, choosing a specific type of lens, etc.
  • How light and mood can create contrast in your images.
  • How using contrast can help you to create images with impact.

What to Expect in the Video

In this video, Varina provides a few examples of the many kinds of contrast – besides just the difference between light and dark – that can help you to call attention to your subject. She explains how she goes about finding contrast when she shoots and discusses a few in-camera and compositional techniques to help you start creating images with impact.

Are you ready to jump in and get started? Feel free to submit your images in the comments below:

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.