We have all taken them before.  You know, the photo we thought was going to be a great shot only to discover later that it has come out flat and dull.

Well this turns out to be quite an easy problem to fix.  You can set your camera to increase the saturation of a shot as you capture it on location.  But while this method can give you an instantly colorful shot and save you time later on during post processing, it gives you far less flexibility in how your photograph turns out than you would think.

Another way, preferred by most photographers, is to forego any settings in camera and set the saturation settings later on in Photoshop or Adobe Camera Raw.

In these programs the saturation levels are set at 0 and can be moved anywhere from +100 to -100, already giving you much more control than the camera allows.  Adobe Camera Raw also has a Vibrance slider which gives you more vivid looking colors without over saturating skin tones, important for portraits and people shots.

Both programs allow you to separate the color channels and separately increase or decrease the saturation for each of the red, green or blue channels without changing the strength of the other colors, giving you even more control on how your final image comes out.

So check it out for yourself.  Have a play around with the saturation controls in your proffered software and see what you can come up with.

Happy shooting!

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