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in your face

Pete > Pete Blog > in your face
30/06/2009 - 12:41 PM

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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  1013403 forum posts Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 1:18 PM

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

Depends what I want to achieve.
But normally, muted, I guess.

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conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 3:55 PM

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.


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  106585 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 11:08 PM

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 ?

Last Modified By JJGEE at 30 Jun 2009 - 11:08 PM
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2009 - 7:52 AM

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  9172 forum posts United States4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 10:18 PM

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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