Low Vibrance and High Saturation

781 Low vibrance and high saturation

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how he used a combination of low Vibrance and high Saturation settings in Adobe Camera (or the Lightroom Develop module) to develop some underwater great white shark photos that were captured without strobe or filter.

The advantage to this approach is that using a low Vibrance setting allows you to then crank up the Saturation, while leaving the natural neutrals (in this case the grey and white of the sharks) a more realistic color.

With a little bit of Clarity and Dehaze added in, you can take your finny friend from this:

Hazy great white number one

to this:

Shark with -100 percent Vibrance and +60 percent Saturation adjustment

Or this:

Hazy shark number two

To this:

Shark #2 after  -100 percent Vibrance  and  +60 percent Saturation adjustments

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got a follow-up movie in which he shows you how to add sharpening (a dash from Camera Raw and a heaping spoonful from Photoshop) to the recipe, turning this:

Shark 3 before adjustments

to this:

Shark #3 after a -100 percent Vibrance and a +60 percent Saturation adjustment.

Deke’s Techniques, swimming with the sharp sharks!

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