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Is the white balance wrong in these field poppy pictures?

What is going on? I compared both pictures of the field (left out the one with the tractor, as it suffers from the same problem as the other over-exposed picture, IMHO) in After effects. The image ...
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Why do my photographs taken with a film camera look so saturated?

I'd guess you're under-exposing a long way & the lab is having to work them really hard* to get anything like an image out of them; hence the amount of noise in them & no real blacks anywhere -...
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

I think your manager is right, and that this phenomenon is much more widespread than just photos for social media, or even photography in general. Take a look in supermarkets, and take in the flashy ...
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

Up to a point, yes. As this answers explains very well. On the other hand, there is a point at which one enters the area of "too much of a good thing!". Here's the full article rom which the above ...
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Is there any proof that high saturation and contrast makes a picture more appealing in social media?

It doesn't straight answer your question but I'd say your supervisor is correct on this one. MKBHD did a blind test comparison between smartphones and the result is exactly this theory. The ...
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When should I use saturation over vibrance?

Occasionally you want certain colours to stand out and saturation gives a better result than vibrance. It's hard to tell in advance when this is going to be the case so you just have to experiment. ...
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How to reproduce Velvia 50 appearance with RAW processing?

Note: Even the most accurate representation of the actual film will not be able to reproduce all its properties - film behaves very differently than sensors or digital images, so if you really want to ...
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Saturation and contrast in photography vs video

In short, everything about color has a psychological meaning or response: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28612080 Oversaturated images tend to grab our attention and there is both a trend for ...
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Is the white balance wrong in these field poppy pictures?

The first one appears, to my eyes, to be slightly oversaturated, particularly in the red color band (which is the more narrow color we call "red", rather than the entire red color channel that include ...
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Why does the yellow colour on these lighted signs look a bit unsaturated?

The sign is illuminated with a backlight which is seen through the yellow coloured plastic or other translucent material as yellow. The problem is that the light is too bright for your exposure ...
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How to prevent colour noise from developing in water portion of the image?

Really, the only true 'fix' for this is to not bang the colours quite so hard in the first place… or, I suppose, to have used a polarising filter to kill the majority of the reflections before they ...
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Why do my photographs taken with a film camera look so saturated?

To someone new to film photography, maybe you look at this photo and wonder what is wrong, but this image has the typical appearance of a photo that has been significantly underexposed. The lab has (...
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When should I use saturation over vibrance?

Increasing saturation retains the relative saturation levels, while vibrance reduces it. So saturation is good if you want to increase the overall saturation (e.g. to compensate for cloudy weather) ...
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How did the designer achieve this Blue tint effect?

It looks like he created a blue layer and gave it opacity, after converting the picture layer to black and white. So, make a new layer over your image, and flood-fill with blue. Then, set opacity %. ...
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Is there a way to equalize all the colors' brightness in Photoshop?

You need a program that can handle HSB channels. Separate the image into HSB channels Fill the B channel with the value you need and recombine. You will get a weird image. This process is very ...
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Can I desaturate incoming light using a filter or series of filters mounted to the lens?

There is no way to desaturate an image optically (short of a deep infrared filter that only allows frequencies that the sensor colour filter array is invisible to). Assuming you are shooting ...
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RAWs looking massively different in Aperture/Mac OS Preview compared to camera preview and (Canon) PictureStyleEditor

Aperture < Preferences < Import < Standard Previews I began noticing the same issue. I work with social media nearly 100% of the time so I don't shoot in RAW that often because I need to ...
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How to make sure that photos edited in Photoshop CS6 don't look different (more saturated) on phones

How to make sure that photos edited in Photoshop CS6 don't look different (more saturated) on phones Don't look at them on most phones. The screens on most phones are too bright, too saturated, and ...
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How to make sure that photos edited in Photoshop CS6 don't look different (more saturated) on phones

If the devices you are checking on are not colour-profiled then there is not a lot you can do. Any image is going to look different on each. The best you can do is ensure that it leaves your ...
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Inconsistent image viewing experience

Why is that? Colour management fully depends on the software as of January 2017. There is no way of enforcing it no matter how recent the OS is. Related question about Edge on MS site - with no ...
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How is this look achieved? The sharpness, low saturation, fashion look

The saturation looks to be decreased a bit, but I don't think low saturation is the right description. There's plenty of color here even if they're not especially bright shades. If saturation were ...
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How to do color correction on multiple display devices?

As you say, each display renders the images differently. The most you can do is use a device to calibrate your monitors. There are several makers and models on the market right now, some of them ...
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How can I desaturate reds in post-processing using Rawtherapee (or Gimp)?

Left is with HSV equalizer's S-value decreased, right is original. Only a very quick demonstration, so I did not bother to fine-tune it, so please forgive the reddish edges of the blossom, especially ...
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Why do my photographs taken with a film camera look so saturated?

Take a look at the negatives: if they are almost transparent orange then they are strongly underexposed, if they are almost black then they are strongly overexposed. Assuming that you have been ...
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What does SaturatedOpacity mean in Rawtherapee?

After a bit more code review, the SaturatedOpacity value in the sidecar file seems to correspond to: Color -> Color Toning -> Opacity -> Saturation Protection -> Strength slider/field entry ...
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How can I mimic the color saturation of Nikon's miniature-faking mode?

There also appears to be either a color temperature shift towards amber/yellow as well as a white balance "correction" towards green, or a strong yellow color cast introduced by boosting the orange/...
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Saturation and contrast in photography vs video

I asked the same question almost 2/3 of a century ago and my professor replied --- Motion pictures are projected on a screen using a projector that illuminates the film with a condenser lamphouse. ...
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How to desaturate part of an image on slide film?

Fully developed color film contains no silver. Bleach in the process converts developed silver into soluble silver that is then removed by the fixer. What remains in the film is cyan, magenta, and ...
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How can I desaturate reds in post-processing using Rawtherapee (or Gimp)?

A possible solution in Gimp: In the Channels list, right-click on the Green or Blue channels, and Channel to selection Select>Invert Duplicate the layer On the top layer: Color>Desaturate>...
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