How To Read Tonality
What color is snow? We tend to think of snow is being white on did in bright sunlight. Snow is white, but take a look at my shadow. Snow in shadow isn't white is gray, and this is what I mean when I talk about tonality, Tone refers to a lightness and darkness and is distinct from color. So when you think about color, you don't think about the color itself. But you think about the lightness and darkness of that color are perfect. Example of that is the sky. The sky is blue, but in the morning is a light blue. In the middle of the day, it's a medium blue, and as we get towards dusk, it becomes a dark blue. So let's look at some other examples as well. A snow swan's feathers and a traditional white wedding dress on a sunny day. Also, white clouds are all examples of white tones, early morning blue sky, dry sand in the palm of your hand or examples of light gray tones. Medium tones would be green grass, blue sky at noon, wet sand poppy red on examples of dark tones are black skin, Conifer,...
green storm clouds and coal in terms of black, very little in the world is actually black. Often, what we think of as being black, such as cold, is actually very dark gray but very dense shadows and an unlit night sky. Two examples of black tones A great skill to learn is to mentally see the world in gray tones. Now, to practice, this takes on color images and turn them black and white and study how color translates into shades of gray. Another great way to learn about tone, particularly in the field, is to carry one of these. And this is a medium toned gray card, and what you do is you hold it up against the subject and compare the tone of the subject to the tone of the card. So if I do it against the snow, we can see is very obvious that the tone of the subjects know is much lighter than the card we were holding up against the shadow. Now we can see that the tone of the subject, the shadow is darker than the card. If I hold it up against the sky, well, what do you think? Well, we know that the tone of a blue sky in the middle of the day is a medium tone, and if you compare the subject to the card, will see that, yes, there is a match. And not only that, if I turn this whole scene into black and white and compare the two, we'll see that the tone of the sky and the tone of the card are in fact, the same shade of great. Now, the more you practice is out in the field that easy or get to learn how to read tone on them or instinctive your exposure decisions will become.