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How to Take Sharper and 3D Looking Photos

4/12/2023 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Are you tired of your photos looking flat and lifeless? Do you want to create images that pop and look more 3D? If so, you've come to the right place. In this article, I'll reveal the five shooting and editing secrets you need to know to create razor-sharp and highly three-dimensional-looking photos.

SECRET #1 - Use Proper Lighting

The best lighting condition to shoot in is bright directional lighting, such as direct sunlight, window lighting, a handheld LED light stick, or an external light source in a studio setting. This lighting provides micro and macro contrast, which creates shape, depth, and three-dimension in your photography. Avoid dull gray and overcast weather, as these conditions create scattered non-directional light that diminishes both the micro and macro contrast required for detail and depth.

SECRET #2 - Aperture "Sweet" Spot

Choosing the right aperture, or f-stop, is crucial to balance detail with depth of field. As a general rule of thumb, use an f-stop value of around F 2.5 to maximize both sharpness and depth. Choosing a higher value increases detail visibility and sharpness, but you lose depth-enhancing background blur. Choosing a lower value creates more depth but sacrifices detail visibility and sharpness.

SECRET # 3 - Ideal Exposure

The key to achieving ideal exposure in high contrast scenes is to simply expose for the highlights or brighter parts of your image. This may result in darker shadows, but fear not - the shadows can easily be brightened up during the editing process. 

SECRET # 4 - Exposure Balance

Before we move on, it's crucial to master exposure balance, which is the foundation of any successful image editing. By adjusting the exposure, shadows, highlights, and white balance, we can reveal details, boost contrast, and create a sense of depth in our photos. So, make sure to practice these steps and develop a keen eye for exposure balance. 

SECRET #5 - Color Contrast

Understanding the concept of color contrast is crucial in taking your photography to the next level. By carefully planning out your photoshoot and considering the colors in your subject's clothing and background, you can create a foundation for color contrast. Additionally, utilizing editing techniques such as adjusting the Hue slider and reducing color saturation can further enhance the color contrast in your photos. With the right tools and techniques, you can make your photos stand out and capture the viewer's attention. Don't be afraid to experiment and play around with different editing methods to achieve the desired result.

Bonus Secret Hack - Negative Fill

Negative fill is a technique that can transform any lighting condition into a powerful and directional lighting setup. By blocking light on one side of your subject's face and torso, you create contrast, sharpness, and depth. This technique can be used in indoor settings or even in dull, gray overcast weather. Trees, dark-colored pillows, and even horses can be used as objects to create this effect. Negative fill can also enhance existing directional lighting setups, resulting in much sharper and more 3D-looking images.

In conclusion, creating sharp and 3D looking photos requires a combination of proper lighting, aperture, stability, file format, and post-processing. By following these five shooting and editing secrets and bonus secret hack, you'll be on your way to creating visually striking images that closely mimic how we perceive the world with our own eyes.

Video and image via Justin Laurens