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    Default Is there a reason to still use black cards

    I have a question regarding black cards. Is there any reason to still use it in digital age?
    For fireworks, seems like most ppl post blend their fireworks images.
    For sunrise sunsets, there is gnds, gradient tools in editors, and hdr.

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    Default Re: Is there a reason to still use black cards

    Quote Originally Posted by PixelsNGrains View Post
    I have a question regarding black cards. Is there any reason to still use it in digital age?
    For fireworks, seems like most ppl post blend their fireworks images.
    For sunrise sunsets, there is gnds, gradient tools in editors, and hdr.
    you can use it to block stray light from enter the lens, when the lens hood is not able to block it.
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    Default Re: Is there a reason to still use black cards

    With manual blending / HDR, you can likewise say if there is a need for GNDs

    I guess it's more to do with how proficient you are with your tools to achieving your vision and maybe your budget. Black card technique requires minimal cost, just that it requires a bit of experimenatation to get the result you want.

    The final output is the only one that matters, unless there are restrictions to how much software editing you can do eg in competitions

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    Default Re: Is there a reason to still use black cards

    When you don't have $$ for any of those...
    And also for some purist photo competitions which disallow photo manipulations of any kind
    Last edited by Dura77; 13th April 2016 at 11:18 PM.

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    but some competition do allow in camera editing

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    Some, not all

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