This article does not cite any sources. In digital photography and digital video, clipping is a result of capturing or clip highlight an image where the intensity in a certain area falls outside the minimum and maximum intensity which can be represented.
In a color image, clipping may occur in any of the image’s color channels separately. Clipping can occur at many different stages. It may occur in the image sensor when initially capturing the image using a digital camera or scanner. Clipping can often occur in image highlights as a result of an incorrect exposure when initially photographing or scanning to a digital image. Increasing an exposure increases the amount of light collected or the sensitivity of the sensor, and increasing it too far will cause the lightest areas, such as the sky, or light sources, to clip.
Bright areas due to overexposure are sometimes called blown-out highlights or flared highlights. In extreme cases, the clipped area may appear to have a noticeable border between the clipped and non-clipped area. The clipped area will typically be completely white, though in the case that only one color channel has clipped, it may represent itself as an area of distorted color, such as an area of sky that is greener or yellower than it should be. A similar effect of blown-out highlights also exists in analog photography, though in that case it is not referred to as “clipping”, and the “blown-out” area often curves off gently to its maximum brightness rather than being cut off abruptly as in clipping. Clipping in some color channels may occur when an image is rendered to a different color space, when the image contains colors that fall outside the target color space. Such colors are referred to as out-of-gamut.
This form of clipping may be avoided by performing the color space conversion using a different rendering intent. However, this can sometimes result in a lower overall color saturation, leading to duller colors. The desire for bright, saturated colors may, in some cases, be more important than avoiding clipping in single channels due to out-of-gamut colors. Clipping may occur in digital video, just as in digital still photography. Just as with digital still photography, an intensity value that is outside the allowed range of values in any one channel causes clipping. What is white or black “clipping”, and how does one avoid it? The Narrative App lets you access your photos and videos at any time.
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