Saturation Saturday

Today I wanted to extend to you an invitation to share a little information about saturation. Apparently I’m not just a photographer, I’m a rhyme master too. So I’ll quit this bit and get right to it! Well, they can’t all be winners…

Saturation is the intensity of color in an image. Images that are very saturated have intense colors. Images that are desaturated have more muted colors. Black and white images have no saturation at all.

Depending on the look you are going for in your photographs, the saturation can be more or less intense.

I took this picture in 2007 on a rainy day in France:

Because of the poor weather, the light was not sufficient in bringing out the colors of the leaves. Since the image is desaturated, the photo has a somber look and feel. I love color and wanted to make the picture more vibrant so it doesn’t look so gloomy. In any basic photo editor, you’re able to increase or decrease saturation.

In this version of the photo, I upped the saturation just a bit. By brightening the colors a bit, the photograph maintains realism. When the saturation goes up very high, you will achieve a more hyperrealistic look like this:

For some pictures, this effect is appropriate for the subject, but if you are going for a more naturalistic approach, I would suggest that you tone it down a tad.

This post should be kind of a throw back to my post about bracketing. You may not get the saturation right the first time. Try to adjust it to a wide range of intensities so you have a more options when choosing your final image.

That’s about it for today! Short, sweet, and to the point. I hope it was helpful and stay tuned for the last post in the week of words series!

Snaps!

Georgia

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2 Responses to Saturation Saturday

  1. Belinda says:

    I am OBSESSED with hyperrealism in photography. Have you seen “The Fall”, by any chance? I know it’s a movie, but still… oh my god, the vividness of the colors was just magnificent.

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