Some Tricks for Improving Saturation and Contrast

All photographers know that nothing beats the right light. In our book California Earthframes[121], we had to choose from images shot in three types of light:

  • Midday sunlight with harsh shadows and burned-out highlights

  • Evening sun with better light but longer shadows

  • Overcast skies with flat light

We like the third alternative best. Overcast situations provide light similar to that from a good light box. Cloudy skies deliver images with flat lighting directly from our RAW converter.

We start with a flat image.

Figure 8-7. We start with a flat image.

We could process these images using our RAW converter (and we sometimes do), but ...

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