Quick Digital Imaging Tip 11/101: Preserve Detail in Saturate Areas with the Vibrance Adjustment

This is #11 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Use Vibrance rather than Saturation to preserve detail.

When you over-saturate an image, you can lose detail in the already- saturated areas - as illustrated by the second picture in this post. Notice how some detail is lost in the novice monks' robes in that picture, unlike the first picture in which you can see the detail.

When you choose Vibrance, rather than Saturation in Adobe Camera RAW and other digital imaging editing programs, you are only saturating the colors that are not already saturated. That helps to preserve details in already-saturated areas of an image.

Explore the light,

P.S. I made this picture in northern Thailand by asking the novice monks to stand in the frame for a few minutes.