A to Z Challenge: S is for Saturation

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is S is for Saturation.

Saturation has to do with colour.  And you can do a lot with the colour of a photograph in post-production, for example in Photoshop.  According to http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/color_saturation.html, “color saturation is used to describe the intensity of color in the image.  A saturated image has overly bright colors. Using a graphics editing program you can increase saturation on under-exposed images, or vise versa.”

And, according to http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/brightness-contrast-saturation-and-sharpness.html, “Saturation is similar to contrast, however instead of increasing the separation between shadows and highlights, we increase the separation between colors.”

And finally, “Saturation is a uniform bumping up the intensity of all colors in your shot, regardless of the starting point of the colors. This can result in clipping (over saturation of certain colors which results in loss of detail in those areas) and over saturation of skin tones leaving them looking too orange and unnatural.” http://digital-photography-school.com/vibrance-vs-saturation-in-plain-english/

Let’s look at a couple of pictures where I increased the saturation in post-production.  Each set of three shows normal, low, and high saturation levels.


Saturation1-lowsaturation   Saturation1-highsaturation


Saturation2-lowsaturation Saturation2-highsaturation


Saturation3-lowsaturation  Saturation3-highsaturation

And I can actually change the saturation by using camera settings, so let’s see what happens here.

Lowest saturation setting:


Highest saturation setting:



Posted on April 22, 2016, in A to Z Challenge and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks, that was really interesting. I liked the increase on the camera, the colors really pop without glaring. I never really play with my photos in post production, pretty much what I shoot is what I get. It might be fun to try.

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  2. Now you’ve made me REALLY want to get Photoshop!

    • I have Photoshop Elements, and it works really well for what I want (and is cheaper…) I know there are other good editing programs out there, but I hate trying other things when I am in my comfort zone 🙂

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