Experiment #02: Using High Contrast B&W mode

#3 We took some pictures using High Contrast B&W mode.

How is this mode different from Color mode and Normal B&W mode? We performed some experiments to find out.

Camera: CX2 ●ISO: 176 (high contrast: 168) ●F4.0 ●1/42sec ●EV0.0

Camera: CX2 ●ISO: 80 ●F4.0 ●1/810sec ●EV0.0

High Contrast B&W brings out the darks and lights of the face, giving the image a cool, refined look.

In this mode, shadowing darkens faces (picture #1), but changing the shooting position can make a world of difference and help the subject stand out (picture #2). It's hard to picture the final product because the contrast enhancement is often stronger than it appears, so we recommend keeping an eye on the picture display when taking photos.

*Color and Normal B&W use color bracketing.


#1 Differences between Normal B&W and High Contrast B&W #2 Taking landscape pictures #3 Taking portrait pictures

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