con·​trasty | \ ˈkän-ˌtra-stē How to pronounce contrasty (audio) \

Definition of contrasty

: having or producing in photography great contrast between highlights and shadows a contrasty image

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Recent Examples on the Web The Mavic Air can also capture photos and videos in high-dynamic range, which should come in handy when shooting in very contrasty situations like shooting into a sunset over the horizon or midday shots on the beach. Popular Science, "DJI’s newest drone can dodge other flying objects," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of contrasty

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Contrasty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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