How much is too much?

As photographers we often question ourselves, does this image look too PhotoShopped, is this image over edited or is this image realistic?

Below is an example of an image being over saturated with colour and another well balanced image with no added colour.

I often see over saturated images all over social media which is fine, unless you are a photographer. Granted photography allows you to have an artistic license and you should create to your satisfaction. But over saturated images not only look unrealistic, but also lowers the quality of your image. By doing this it will add noise to your image, in other words lose detail and sharpness. This also can occur by increasing the exposure and shadows to compensate an under exposed image. Increasing exposure will also decrease the colour of an image.

The solution for a well balanced image is a well exposed image, which isn't over exposed with light or under exposed with shadows. If you do this correctly there is no need to add any colour saturation to your image. A great way to bring the original colours out of your image is to increase the contrast. Adding too much contrast can also over saturate the image, so be mindful of that.

If you are from Adelaide, you know we are blessed with regular stunning sunsets, so there is especially no need for you to touch that saturation slider. All my images I display have no added colour, but instead I use the images mid tones and various contrast to enhance the image with out over saturating it.

This is my first blog post, so go easy on me and feel free to ask me questions relating to this post. I can go into specific detail for you if needed.

Cheers

Brad

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Specialising in landscape photography based in Adelaide, South Australia. Bradley Newell produces limited edition fine art prints,  focusing on coastal and inland environments.  

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