chapter  5
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Video Contrast Ratios: Help, They Don’t Match!

Limited contrast ratio is frequently used as an excuse for not being able to produce aesthetically pleasing pictures.That is hogwash.You can create a great sense of depth and produce very goodlooking pictures working within the limits of the transmission system. The earlier problems of extreme highlights causing pictures to bloom and distort have been almost completely eliminated because of CCDs. CCD cameras can handle highlights 6 to 8 f-stops above 100 IEEE units and can shoot in the “night mode” (0 Lux). Unless you are shooting live outdoor events, over which you have no lighting control, there is no reason to tax the system with contrast ratios it is incapable of handling.