Think be­fore you reach for the Sat­u­ra­tion slider and keep colours look­ing nat­u­ral

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

1 CAL­I­BRATE YOUR SCREEN it sounds ob­vi­ous, but all com­puter screens are dif­fer­ent and con­sis­tency in colour ren­di­tion is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion when edit­ing dig­i­tal im­ages. en­sure that you start by cal­i­brat­ing your mon­i­tor prop­erly, prefer­ably with an ex­ter­nal cal­i­bra­tion de­vice.

2 AD­JUST LEV­ELS the lev­els ad­just­ment tool is ex­tremely ef­fec­tive for ac­cu­rate ex­po­sure and con­trast ad­just­ments. But be­ware the ef­fects of overuse as it also in­creases sat­u­ra­tion in colour, par­tic­u­larly blue skies.

3 SAT­U­RA­TION SLIDER this slider is a tempt­ing tool and boost­ing colours on screen can prove ap­peal­ing. But ask your­self, do the colours in your im­age re­flect real life? Re­mem­ber that a global in­crease in colour sat­u­ra­tion will also in­crease colours in­cor­rectly bal­anced in your im­age.

4 GAMUT WARN­ING the im­age on screen may have no re­la­tion to how it will look printed. Over­sat­u­ra­tion may ren­der cer­tain colours in­ca­pable of be­ing re­pro­duced in print; this can be as­sessed us­ing the Gamut Warn­ing fea­ture.

KEEP IT REAL By main­tain­ing a close link to the colours en­coun­tered in na­ture, and avoid­ing the temp­ta­tion to over-process in cer­tain ar­eas, an im­age ca­pa­ble of print­ing ac­cu­rately, while re­tain­ing punch and im­pact, is pro­duced. You can ad­just copies...

SOAR­ING HIGH The cam­era has done an ex­cel­lent job of cap­tur­ing a rel­a­tively faith­ful im­age of this black kite, re­quir­ing min­i­mal post-pro­duc­tion work to bring out the best in it. Lev­els and sub­tle colour ad­just­ments are all that are re­quired

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