Those wonderful rich colours in photos?

Started Dec 7, 2017 | Discussions thread
OP Brisn5757 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,291
Re: Those wonderful rich colours in photos?

Krav Maga wrote:

Brisn5757 wrote:

I've seen some great photos on the internet such as rich strong colours in church interiors or garden scenery and was wondering if most of it is the result of post production, if not then is it one factor such as good lens or maybe a good sensor.

I've tried to bring out rich colours in some of my photos in post-production but often when enhancing the photo starts to look surreal; so I'm thinking if something is missing in the first place its difficult to create in post production.

Comments are welcome thanks.


It's kind of a subjective thing and may have different meanings to different people. For example, "strong" colors is not the same as "rich" colors for me.

A lot of the photos you see that have "rich" colors--as I interpret it--may not be overly saturated at all, but rather subtle things have been done in pp that really make a photo pop, as it were. For example, balancing complementary colors against each other can vastly improve the richness of a photo's colors. Also, techniques like subtle overlays of solid color layers can add that "richness" as well as actually desaturating some colors. This is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg.

Various techniques that are subtly applied with multiple layers that taken in their entirety can make a huge difference in a way that simply bumping up the vibrancy or saturation cannot.

It may be beneficial to Google "complementary colors" "color balance" "color grading" and "curves" depending on the software you're using for pp.


There's the quick and easy side to adjustments in Photoshop then there are the more advanced approach which I need to learn more. Thanks for the google suggestion.


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