Photography skills: Do your photos have a tone? Learn to control the tone, and even ordinary photos will become larger!

Photography skills: In many cases, the reason why the photos you take are not good-looking, is because there is no tonal highlight in the picture. The light, shadow and color of the whole photo are very flat, without contrast and layering. So, what is the tone and how to get the tone when taking pictures?

What is a tone?

The definition given by Encyclopedia is: For photographic works, “shadow tone” is also called the tone or tone of the photo. Refers to the relationship between the light and dark levels of the picture, the contrast between virtual and real, and the hue of the color. Through these relationships, the viewer can feel the flow and change of light.

Let me give you a simple example,

Let’s take a look at the following two portrait photos in an indoor environment. Picture one is the front lighting. The face of the portrait is only in a illuminated state.

Figure 2 uses a 45° angle light, which illuminates the face while adding more shadows. There will be a contrast and contrast in the visual effect, and the three-dimensional effect will be stronger. This is what we are talking about.

It is precisely because of the tone that ordinary pictures can become attractive and atmospheric. Tone has many functions in photography:

1. Emphasize three-dimensionality, space and layering.
2. Highlight the main body.
3. Render the atmosphere.
4. Express emotions, etc.

How to get the tone?

Through the above introduction, I believe everyone has a general understanding of the definition and function of tone. Since the tone is of great significance in photography, how can ordinary photographers quickly obtain the tone when taking pictures?

Here are three ways to get the tone quickly.

1. Light

Needless to say, being good at finding light is the most direct way to get a tone quickly.

Under natural light, the greater the light ratio, the greater the tone. For example, under the sun at noon, the light is strong, and the contrast between light and dark will be particularly large. This kind of light is more suitable for shooting buildings, black and white photos, or highlighting local light and shadow.