Highlights in photography
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Highlights in photography

How to capture bright, white and warm colours

Highlights are one of the most beautiful aspects of photography. They can make an image look bright, white and warm - and they're a great way to capture the essence of a scene. In this blog post, we'll discuss what highlights are, and how you can capture them in your own photos. We'll also give you some tips on how to enhance these beautiful colours in post-processing!

Highlights are areas of an image that are brighter than the surroundings. They are created by several factors, including direct sunlight, reflections, or even artificial lighting. When highlights are well-exposed, they can make an image pop! However, if they're overexposed (too bright), they can wash out the rest of the photo and make it look flat.

Sheep breath by Damon Marshall

The best way to photograph highlights is to use a camera with a good dynamic range to capture a wide range of tones - from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. In the absence of sophisticated equipment,  one easy hack to get equally beautiful highlight colours is by underexposing your image slightly. This will make the shadows darker, but it will make the highlights brighter and more vibrant.

Woman by Alan Blundell

Another nifty tip for capturing beautiful highlight colours is to use a reflector. This can be especially helpful if you're trying to capture highlights in a subject that doesn't have a lot of natural light.

Lastly, don't forget about post-processing! You can use photo editing software to enhance the colors of your highlights even further, but be careful not to overdo it - too much saturation often makes an image look fake or unrealistic.

Easter bunny by Artana

With these tips, you should be able to capture stunning highlight colours in your photos. Experiment and remember to have fun while you do!

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