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Old 09-05-2007, 03:36   #1 (permalink)
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I often see the comment that a shot is flat. What does this actually mean? Andrew
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Re: Flat Shots

I am not sure what everyone means when they refer to it , but ... i take it as the picture is maybe dull in colour on part or all of image.As most of the so called "flat " images are dull to some degree ,i aslo take it that some of the images may need a boost in photoediting to make them stand out bit more ,again may be part or all of a image.However have noticed this doesnot apply to all images that have been referred to as flat.
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Re: Flat Shots

A flat image is lacking in tonal range, a marked difference in tone between areas of the image. Also the image will be lacking in contrast so that no part of the image stands out, whether intentionally or not.
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thanks , got a better understanding. I see the software I have has a few features which adjust contrast, I will experiment a bit see what the differences are like, cheers Andrew
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Poor tonal range and contrast as others have said. This is often the result of taking pictures in poor lighting conditions (a grey cloudy day).
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