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the intensity, vibrance, or purity of color. More saturated colors look "deeper", while less saturated colors look faded or "washed out"

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What's the difference between saturation and vibrance in Lightroom?

Both options affect colors in a similar way, but I can't figure out the difference.
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How can I make colorful, “saturated” photos like this example?

This may not be the best example but I liked the colors and angle. I have seen lot of similar photos. They look very colorful but not overdone (does it have any technical term) . Any suggestions for ...
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What is the major factor that makes colors in photos very vivid?

Once you have a good enough camera, what are the other major factors that makes some of the photo very vivid? For example, looking at the following picture, the colors are vivid. If I take the same ...
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How does a lens affect the saturation of a picture?

In many reviews people describe how a lens can affect the saturation of a picture, especially when it comes down to a comparison of two similar lenses, e.g. 50mm 1.8 vs. 50mm 1.4 or something like ...
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Why does the red area in this photo look very un-natural?

I was looking through some photos I took at RAF Cosford a few weeks ago, and noticed this big red area (it's a large door surround on the floor below) In the photoshop RAW preview, it looked almost ...
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Are there written guides or rules of thumb for setting color saturation, clarity, vibrance, etc. in post-processing (or in general)?

This isn't another "how do I get a picture to look like such-and-such-link-inserted-here in LR" question. There's a saturation (no pun intended) of these questions here. Interesting, but not general ...
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Do colors always come out bland when shooting in RAW format?

I shoot all my pictures in RAW format and every time during post processing I need to tinker with the saturation because the color comes out bland. I do realize that changing camera saturation level ...
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Heavy colour saturation on night photos with new lens? Is this normal

I have a Canon 550D and bought a Sigma 17-70mm lens to upgrade from the 18-55mm lens kit. I decided to go out and try the new lens with some night shots. To be honest, the results were bad. I used a ...
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How can I increase color saturation naturally?

I just went to a gallery where the photographer had incredibly colorful/saturated photos. Along with them was a sign "unaltered" which I assume means HDR was not used. This appeared to be a medium or ...
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Is “saturation” an image-processing concept?

Image saturation is a concept used to describe the purity or intensity of color in an image, such that an image with very little saturation approaches a black and white image. Pink, then, is said to ...
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Why are red objects coming out unnaturally in my photographs?

I have observed lately during my shoots that when I try to capture a red object with hardly anything in the background, the color doesnt seem to come exactly as what it is in reality. With flash or ...
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RAWs looking massively different in Aperture/Mac OS Preview compared to camera preview and (Canon) PictureStyleEditor

Yesterday, I have been shooting photos at a christmas market -- especially a band that played there. Since everything happened in the evening and it was quite dark, I thought using RAW instead of JPEG ...
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How to take saturated portraits like these (with natural lighting)?

The photographer of these portraits claimed he used a 50mm f/1.8 prime with no special lighting equipment: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5318756409_9f4ec94f5b_z.jpg ...
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Is there a technique to increase saturation in high ISO?

[This question assumes JPEG shooting, with minimal post processing.] In an unavoidable situation, you have to jack up the ISO. High ISO, however, comes with price - noise and washed-out color, among ...
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Do differences in color saturation across Nikon and Canon pictures matter?

I am about to buy a new DSLR and shortlisted the two models, Nikon D5100 and Canon 550D. From the pics that I have seen on Flickr it seems that Nikon pics have more saturated color than Canon. Is it ...
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How can I create a soft pastel tones preset in Lightroom?

Could anyone give any recommendations or links that may help me make my photos in soft, pastel tones, like photos from these albums: http://air-we-inspire.livejournal.com/102576.html ...
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How do I change the saturation settings on my Pixma Pro 100?

I just purchased a Pixma Pro 100 to replace my Epson R2000 after it died; sad to say, Epson is no longer carrying the R2000. My prints on the Pro 100 are desaturated, and a little on the dark side. ...
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What is the Lightroom equivalent of setting the contrast to -2 in the camera?

I am playing with the different picture styles directly from my Canon 5D-II and I would like to know if there is some sort of mapping with what I can do in Lightroom. What is the equivalent of -2 ...
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Image Color and Saturation

I am having Nikon D7000. I have couple of questions about colors in my images. How can I add Color Saturation? In most of my images, I feel colors are not so vibrant. How to make colors more ...
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How can this visual effect be achieved using Photoshop or plugins? [duplicate]

I've seen effect used by a number of photographers and although I'm not sure I like it, I'm interested in understanding how it was achieved.