16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The beautiful evening
In the middle of the day, the bright overhead sun can create strong highlights and dark shadows.
The degree to which overexposure can occur varies because different types of film and digital
cameras have different dynamic ranges. This harsh lighting problem is particularly
important in portrait photography, where a fill flash is often necessary to balance
lighting across the subject's face or body, filling in strong shadows that are usually considered undesirable.
Because the contrast is less during the golden hour, shadows are less dark,
and highlights are less likely to be overexposed. In landscape photography,
the warm color of the low sun is often considered desirable to enhance the colours of the scene.
© Rayhan Ahmed.
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||Aug. 7, 2018, 4:13 p.m.
||Canon EOS 60D