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Why does post processing software talk about shadows when they have no way of detecting shadows? Shadows are areas of lower illumination caused by an obstruction between the light source and the subject. If I understand it correctly, when software says it will adjust "shadows" it siply means it will adjust darker areas. It has no intelligent was of detecting which areas of darkness are due to shadows and which are due to actual colouration.

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Re: Shadows

Definitely not intelligent, but the command must just lighten the darker areas before lightening the lighter areas.........

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Re: Shadows

I think "shadows" and "highlights" are just generic or traditional terms for dark and light areas in an image. In the early days of photography most pictorial subjects would have contained both and I suppose the terms have persisted into today's jargon. After all, we photographers don't "shoot" people either do we .
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Re: Shadows

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Why does post processing software talk about shadows when they have no way of detecting shadows? Shadows are areas of lower illumination caused by an obstruction between the light source and the subject. If I understand it correctly, when software says it will adjust "shadows" it siply means it will adjust darker areas. It has no intelligent was of detecting which areas of darkness are due to shadows and which are due to actual colouration.

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The use of the term shadows is entirely correct.

See Oxford Dictionary online here.https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/shadow

Similarly Highlight. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/highlight
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Re: Shadows

I meant the literal sense of shoot of course, but as one who makes every effort to get people out of my photographs for me it's true in the photographic sense as well .
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I meant the literal sense of shoot of course, but as one who makes every effort to get people out of my photographs for me it's true in the photographic sense as well .
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