When it comes to post-production, many photographers often get a wee bit trigger-happy on the saturation and vibrance sliders. But how does an extremely popular photographer approach saturation in Lightroom?
Perhaps because of the quality and crispness of modern day monitors and smartphones and the snappy colors they produce through their displays, it seems most photographers and editors these days tend to go over the top when it comes to the saturation and vibrance sliders. Be it in Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other form of editing software, the temptation to really crank up those colors often seems to break the will of most photography enthusiasts. Particularly on platforms such as Instagram, I often feel like I've walked into a rave party full of glow sticks being held in a glowworm cave. Blinded by colors.
With that in mind, how does a photographer with over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube use the saturation slider in Lightroom? In this video, Nigel Danson first walks you through the basic concepts of saturation. After that, he opens up a handful of his own images and goes through the processes he uses to creatively saturate or desaturate. What's most interesting is that he seldom, if ever, uses the actual global saturation slider. He has three or four different methods to get more subtle results than if he went crash, bang, wallop on the saturation slider.
Also of note, Adobe Camera Raw has now added one of the tools that Danson uses most here. Give the video a look, and let me know in the comments below how you deal with saturation in your images.