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Old Jul 22, 2011, 5:50 PM   #1
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Default How to achieve vivid and rich colors?

Okay, so perhaps vivid and rich are a bit vague.

I want your opinion on how to take a photo that has amazing color. I am pretty good at taking 'average' photos. However, I want the color to be amazing.

Take a look at this:


This is from a food blogger who takes amazing food shots. www.anotherpintplease.com

What is the trick to get these types of rich and vivid colors?

White balance? Lighting? Or post-processing?

A combination of the three?

Can anyone point me in the right direction. I'm taking decent photos but nothing to the extent of the link above. I use a Canon Rebel with a 50 mm f1.8 lens. I also have the kit lens. Here's an example of one of my 'rather blah' photos. No umph in color.


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Here's another one of my not so vivid color shots. I just took a photo of my donut, outside in sunset kind of light. I increased the contrast +20 just to see what would happen. I also used a gray card to set the white balance.

Also, I have Corel Paint Shop Pro X.

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Take a look at Saturation.
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Here's another one of my not so vivid color shots. I just took a photo of my donut, outside in sunset kind of light. I increased the contrast +20 just to see what would happen. I also used a gray card to set the white balance.

Also, I have Corel Paint Shop Pro X.

Thanks.

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I don't think your picture is lacking in colour. It could be a bit
sharper and IMO needs a greater depth of field.

You used a very fast shutter time of 1/500s. If you are using a
tripod, use a smaller aperture (f/11 to f/18) and reduce ISO
to 100. This will need a longer shutter time, but since your
subject isn't moving, this won't cause any problems.

The smaller aperture and reduced ISO should give you a
sharper image with better quality and increased depth
of field. If you want it to be more colourful, you can increase
colour saturation in PP. Shooting RAW instead of JPEG
might give you more flexibility in PP.
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You have 2 options, you can shoot RAW and play around with the color saturation with adjusting the curves or saturation level with editing.

Or you can go to your camera's picture style setting create a user define setting and up the saturation and color tune, or you can download other canon picture styles and install them with eos utility.

http://www.canon.co.jp/imaging/pictu...ile/index.html
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I am by no means an expert at Corel Paint Shop Pro X (which is rather old), but I don't think it supports RAW images. My camera is saving RAW as a CR.2 file and PSPX won't open it.
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Turn up the saturation in your XSi.
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I am by no means an expert at Corel Paint Shop Pro X (which is rather old), but I don't think it supports RAW images. My camera is saving RAW as a CR.2 file and PSPX won't open it.
Go to Canons web site and see if they have a RAW converter to download.
You should probably get new software for5 advanced editing if you can afford it.

Post Processing in an art in its self.
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Do the Rebel's come with Canons DPP software (Digital Photo Professional)?
It will open and process Canon raw files nicely.
Updates for DPP can be obtained from Canons support site.

Also there are no "easy tricks": to photography
It is all skills to be learned.

Many things can be done in multiple ways, like through camera and lighting setups or in post processing.

Food photography is interesting but also can be quite difficult.
Check out Lou Manna author of "Digital Food Photography" site if you want to gain some ideas or weight
http://www.loumanna.com/

Which gets you to a side area, "food styling" these are the people that make the food look great in images, but by the time they are done it usually is not edible
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Yes all the eos comes with dpp, or you can just download it on the canon website.
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