Vibrant Colors and Saturation

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Joshua_Lee, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Joshua_Lee

    Joshua_Lee TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What is the rule of thumb when adjusting a photos vibrancy and saturation?

    I tend to like the look of really vibrant colors in photos. I like higher contrast as well. What are your thoughts?


    Is there a rule of thumb, or is it what ever appeals to the eye is good?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Gaerek

    Gaerek TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,341
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    Sitka, AK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    There's no real rule of thumb on this. Adjust it to what you like. It's VERY easy to go overboard with Saturation adjustments, so be careful. I'll usually do an adjustment layer in PS to do Saturation and other adjustments. When I have it where I think I like it, I'll click off visibility for the layer to ensure I didn't go to far. This helps you to remember where you started. It might look good to you after the adjustments, but when you see where it came from, it could look really bad.

    The same goes for contrast. I tend to like higher contrast scenes, but going overboard here can be the difference between what could have been a great photo, and an alright one.
     
  3. Morpheuss

    Morpheuss TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    596
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I would say play with it. I usually try and remember what it looked like when I took the pictures and try and match it as best as I can you just have to be careful you don't over saturate it.
     
  4. mwcfarms

    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,656
    Likes Received:
    178
    Location:
    Southern Alberta
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I too tend to lean towards photos with the punch of high color and contrast. Some times its hard for me not too go too far. I always do a split screen with the before and after.
     
  5. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,103
    Likes Received:
    3,767
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    As the others have said there isn't really and hard fast rule for editing the colours (that I am aware of) -however most of us do have our own methods for ensuring that we don't go overboard with the settings.

    Myself I tend to find that when I boost these settings as well as using layers and turning them on and off I will also try to under boost the contrast and saturation - that is to go to what I like and then tone things back from that point just a little.
    In addition keep an eye on background areas - boosting saturation and contrast can lead to banding problems in background areas. With contrast also keep an eye on the extreme bright and dark points in a shot and make sure you are not dominating these areas with too much contrast.
     
  6. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,255
    Likes Received:
    5,011
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Most people like contrasty images.

    The key is the mid-tone contrast. That is what conveys dimensionality to an image.

    There is a big difference between vibrancy and saturation and like mid-tone contrast vibrancy is what adds dimensionality to an image. Overdone saturation just tends to make an image look surreal.
     
  7. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    35,456
    Likes Received:
    12,797
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Surreal, and cheezy. Do not go overboard, or your image will look like a total novice processed them.
     
  8. Taylor510ce

    Taylor510ce TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2010
    Messages:
    702
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    United States
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    +1

    Also, in terms of saturation, if you crank it up to much you will see the distortion "bleeding" that occurs, due partly to the luminosity and color data sharing the same channels ( in RGB mode ) so you inadvertantly effect the luminosity as well. Using LAB mode and curves, allows you to adjust the color independently to boost saturation more without the adverse effects as in RGB mode. The newer Vibrancy adjustment layer in
    CS4 and 5 basically uses this method just in a more subtle degree. You cant max it out quite as much with the vibrancy slider if you want those really vibrant colors that are surreal. Of course I never tried layering multiple vibrancy layers.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2010
  9. Gaerek

    Gaerek TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,341
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    Sitka, AK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I'll add that I do a lot of selective saturation changes as well. Changing global saturation can work, but it can also cause problems. Let's say you have a photo of a little girl with a bunch of bright flowers. If you bump the saturation up globally, the colors in the flowers might look good, but chances are you'll completely mess up the skin tones on the girl. Selecting each area and adjusting saturation in independent areas can help with this problem.

    Really, you can't pin down hard and fast rules of how much (or how little) saturation or contrast to use. Some things look good highly saturated, and others look very cheesy. Do you have some examples of things you've shot and edited to give us an idea?
     
  10. Rekd

    Rekd TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,272
    Likes Received:
    51
    Location:
    Rural America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Those fonts are cool. You should change the color to, and maybe the alignment to make it even funner to read!

    Now, what was that you were saying about vibrant colors and saturation? Cuz I'm sure it's a great topic. I'm just too distracted to be able to read it all.

    :lmao:
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

how do u get pictures to have that saturation

,
how to get a vibrant look on nikon d90
,
how to get vibrant colors in photographs without over saturatiopn
,

nikon d90 best settings for vibrant colors

,

nikon d90 vibrant colors

,
rule of thumb in adjusting digital photo colors
,
vibrant
,
vibrant colour pic by canon 7d
,

vibrant colour without over saturation

,
what is the difference between vibrant and soft colors