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Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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in your face

30 Jun 2009 12:41PM   Views : 450 Unique : 387

When I upload a photograph I always tick the modification option. It's interesting to see how people perceive the photos I take and process.

Following the last few uploads it's becoming apparent that many modifiers prefer a more vibrant tonal range, as my uploads are always being subjected to levels or curves adjustments to "brighten" the images.

Now I usually prefer the version I uploaded, as I also have access to the controls that are used to make the changes, but tend to have used them subtly.

This lead me to consider how we see pictures. I've always been one for muted colours when Photoshopping, one reason I tend not to over do the HDR stuff. Yet I appreciate the range of saturation of colour pallets some members use, but not necessarily on the photos I upload.

For me it reminds me of the old TV scenario where you'd walk into a house and the tele would be all garish in colour as the owner had increased brightness and saturation until it suited them.

A photography lecturer once said that the reason for this is the eye/brain reactors (can't remember the name) vary from person to person. Some need more colour saturation than others.

Are you a muted colour or vivid colour person?

I feel muted, yet out of all photographic films I preferred Velvia - which kind of contradicts my preference!

Tags: Colour Saturation


Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
30 Jun 2009 1:18PM

Quote:Are you a muted colour or vivid colour person?

Depends what I want to achieve.
But normally, muted, I guess.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
30 Jun 2009 3:55PM
Hard to say in general, it depends. I appreciate a subtly toned photograph as much as one in glorious colours and feel that each of these choices has its own uses and applications.
cattyal Plus
17 9.2k 6 England
30 Jun 2009 7:52PM
Well if my latest upload is anything go by I'm definitely a muted person. Admittedly a lot of my stuff is bright and that is something I've learned, or made myself do, as that is what's popular - I figure if I want to sell pics then popular might just be the way to go!

When viewing others pictures though I have no particular preference - I'm very easy going......
JJGEE 17 8.0k 18 England
30 Jun 2009 11:08PM
For a High Key portrait, particularly of a female then I think a muted style is better.

But on the other hand if one was lucky enough to, say, go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil or the Keukenhof Gardens, Holland during the Tulip season then I would suggest that vibrancy / higher saturation ( but not overdone) would suit.

Bottom line, I suppose is ... depends on the subject / mood !

One further thought.. How does this translate into B&W ... would really deep blacks be classed as saturated and pure / near white as muted ?
KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
1 Jul 2009 7:52AM
Sigh................I think it's an 'age' thing! When I was young I used to look sideways at my gran as she dressed in garish colours - now I find my girls giving me the same look as I point to something and say "Isn't that gorgeous?"

I seem to be veering towards the deep luscious colours at the moment................especially purple for some reason!
LisaRose 15 172 4 United States
2 Jul 2009 10:18PM
I generally like muted colors, but I like my overall tone to be on the brighter side. I like soft pastels, and earthy tones, but I almost always do a curves adjustment to brighten the whole image up.

There have been times when I liked my image darker, giving it what I thought was a richer look, but I got a lot of comments that it was too dark.

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