Those wonderful rich colours in photos?

Started Dec 7, 2017 | Discussions thread
Dutch Newchurch
Dutch Newchurch Senior Member • Posts: 5,453
Re: Those wonderful rich colours in photos?

Brisn5757 wrote:

Dutch Newchurch wrote:

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.


One more example

Public gardens

This is not exactly what I saw but I think I might have had the light against me. I don't think there is any way of enhancing this photo.


Brian, do you use a polarising filter? I think that might have helped here.

Again, I think the problem is the sunshine! The grass is catching the light well, but the shrub is reflecting it off its leaves. We are naturally drawn to look at the brightest objects in a photo (like the white shirt). I often try to compose the sky out of my photos for that reason.

It's less fun visiting a garden when it's a grey day, but the colours are naturally more intense in soft light. For example, this shot would be much less effective if it had been sunny:

Longstock Park Water Gardens

Hii Dutch. Thanks for your comments.

I'm told that in many cases a overcast day is the best time for photography but we can't choose the weather. I have never used a polarizing filter so it's worth a try if it improves my photos. Thanks for the example. Good photo.


How very true, Brian!

(Rumour has it that Zeiss are about to start producing a lens with a weather control setting, at a starting price of £150,000...)

The problem with sunshine is the contrast, of course.  It's difficult to avoid bright patches and deep shadows.  There won't be much colour in either.  A pola filter will often help.

Another technique is to use HDR processing.  The easiest way of doing that might be to use a good camera phone!  There are various techniques.  I sometimes create raw conversions with different brightness from one exposure.  Then I layer them in PS and mask selectively to adjust shadows and highlights.

I enjoy working with the light and trying to make images that work with the conditions I find.  I know other photographers who hate that and prefer to control the light from the start.  But that's not easy to do in landscape photography.

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