Dodging and Burning Technique

This is a technique that can be applied during photo development in the dark room, or using software such as Lightroom and Photoshop when processing a RAW image. When shooting on film it is not possible to see the exposure of the image as possible with digital SLR’s, so this is were dodging and burning can be effective to obtain the maximum contrast of the image.

Dodging decreases the image exposure

Burning increases the image exposure

 

Dodging an image:

  • For an area of the image that is too dark with little or no detail
  • Expose the image as normal
  • Extra exposure time is given to the area of the image that need to be lightened
  • Use a piece of card or opaque material held between the enlarger and image to cover the area that is are correctly exposed and allow light onto the area that require lightening.
  • Expose for a few seconds

Burning an image:

  • For an area of the image that is too light and overexposed
  • Expose the image as normal
  • Extra exposure time given to the area that need to be darkened
  • Use a piece of card or opaque material held between the enlarger and image to allow the light onto the area that requires darkening.
  • Expose for a few seconds

 

Less light gives a lighter exposure

More light gives a darker exposure

 

 

 

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