How do you get pop in a photo without giving it too much contrast?

Started Nov 11, 2012 | Questions thread
quallsphoto Regular Member • Posts: 275
Re: Please clearly define what 'pop' is...

rosesenior wrote:

hmmmm, I guess as opposed to "flat."

Rosesenoir,

The previous poster asked you to define "pop", because that term is very subjective. If you post an image or two, that will give others a better idea of what you mean.

Is this a portrait? If so, how are you lighting the subject? Some lighting techniques can cause a subject to appear flat.

If you are creating JPEG images, then in-camera settings can be used to boost increase color saturation and contract, thus adding "pop".

During post-processing, you can make an image "pop" by slightly increasing contrast, color saturation, sharpness, adjusting the tonal curve, etc.

I occasionally request Kodak Metallic paper when ordering for prints because it makes the images "pop" off the page.

Do a quick Google search for "photoshop image pop" or "photoshop color pop". You will find a number of tutorials on this topic . . . Or search for "photoshop color pop actions". By installing various Photoshop Actions, you can perform the entire process in just a few mouse-clicks.

DQ

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