Those wonderful rich colours in photos?

Started Dec 7, 2017 | Discussions thread
Dutch Newchurch
Dutch Newchurch Senior Member • Posts: 5,359
Re: Those wonderful rich colours in photos?

Brisn5757 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.


I had some requests to show photos that I have had problems with.

Lake Refection 1

Lake Refection 2

I tried to recreate what I saw with the camera but failed. I saw beauty in the reflection of the tree in the lake. Trying from a different point of view reduced the red refection on the lake.

These photos are straight from the camera. I tried to enhance the photo but then it became too surreal.


That reflection is lovely.  I think the problem is that you have both your subject (the reflection) and the light source (the sunshine on the trees) in the same shot.

I think you might have got the shot of what caught your eye if you'd just framed the shot tighter, and excluded the sunshine.

I've similar thoughts on the other shot you posted; I'll comment on that too.

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