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RCP Photography School: Saturation

Hello to all who’ve joined me on day 19 of this 26 day challenge to learn about the basics of photography.

Can you believe there is only 1 week left of these lessons?

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Today I’m going to talk about...

S for Saturation

Saturation is the vibrant- or mono-tones within a photograph. This can be achieved during the editing stage. Some cameras may give you a setting that can 'warm' the photograph, in colour, before you take it but it's better to get the white balance right and do it afterwards on editing software so that you have control over how much or how little you want the colour saturated.

Original images, when correctly exposed and using a grey card, can look like the image below. When you move the ticker up on the saturation level, the image becomes warmer with a lot more vibrant and strong colours. But, if you move it to the opposite direction, it will turn the image monotone, or also know as 'black and white'.

Depending on if you are being creative, using the highest setting on the saturation level, your images can look amazing. BUT if it's too vibrant because you don't know how to use that setting, then definitely give this a go. Play about with a few different photographs, in different lighting conditions and those that have different colours to give yourself a better idea of how to use this adjustment in editing software. Here is a basic video to give you an idea on how under and over saturated an image can get.

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