Tone mapping Following on from my blog post in November about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, I’ll explain a little bit about tone mapping. The tone of an image is, basically, the contrast between the light and dark areas of the photograph. The human eye is capable of seeing a much higher contrast between light and dark than can be show on a computer monitor, TV or a print
Composition [Originally posted 12 January 2011. Minor edits and updates] What makes your eye move around an image? What about a photograph or a painting captures your attention? The composition of the elements in a photograph will provide both a natural focus on the subject and give your eye lines or curves to follow around the image.
Tension [Originally posted 17 December 2010. Minor edits and updates] Bringing out tension in the composition and/or cropping of an image can make or break a photograph. Tension can be brought out of action or inaction and is our emotional response to what our eyes are showing us. Tension in an image makes us ask questions: what’s around the corner; what are they looking at? It makes our imagination work to fill in the gaps in the narrative.