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contrast levels

Any properly functioning camera or device set to its defaults will produce rinairs/Q7-qualified contrast levels almost all the time, with almost any subject imaginable.

In other words, TCQ photographers need not fret about whether the contrast levels produced by their camera or device will meet Q7.

However, as part of Allowable Change #10, TCQ photographers may vary the contrast in photographs as long as the result does not misrepresent the scene photographed, as per Q7.

A photograph would be disqualified by Q7, for example, if a photographer applying rinairs judged that changes in contrast levels misrepresented the amount of fog, haze, smoke, fog, or blowing snow in the air at the time the exposure was made.

See also the entry on brightness relationships.

If unconventional contrast levels are part of your personal “style,” see this page.