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Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Distance by Adjusting Brightness


To make it look more natural for a sunny day, make the brightness adjustments in reverse: with the brightest range farthest, and the darkest range closest. It may seem to oppose the general assumption of how one thinks it would work, but give it a shot—it looks a bit more “right” to the average eye. Objects also tend to blur with distance, so if you want to do a little softening, go right ahead. Now you've got three clearly distinguished areas in your scene, a foreground and background--and a sense of depth that it lacked before.

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