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#1 Jim Nelson

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:02 PM

I know this is a simple question but I want to be 100% sure about this:

Can shadows be midtones too?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:48 PM

I know this is a simple question but I want to be 100% sure about this:

Can shadows be midtones too?


It's rare but sure, it's possible -- for example, a shot of a white wall with a pattern of sunlight coming through tree leaves... depending on the contrast, the shadows on the white wall may be in the middle tonal range.

A Caucasian face lit to a flatter 2:1 ratio... the shadow side would be in the midtones as well.

If your shadows are all in the midtone range, that's a pretty low-contrast image.

A shadow is just what falls on the opposite side from where the key is hitting. It doesn't necessarily have to be a black or very dark shadow.
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#3 Jim Nelson

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 02:18 AM

thank you very much. you're always very helpful :)
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