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Saturation Beyond Belief

Are the colours in landscape photographs growing ever more vivid over the years? Magazine covers seem to feature images with saturation pumped up beyond belief these days. Adam Burton has the story

Like most photographers, occasionally when I visit a supermarket I take a quick peek at the photography magazines. Scanning over various titles in the stands my senses are immediately struck when I notice a whole host of colourful magazines, most covers featuring landscape images with saturation pumped up beyond belief. Welcome to the photography section!

It makes perfect sense what is happening here; photography magazine editors know that vivid colours grab a browser’s attention. So saturated landscapes often with unrealistic levels of processing are chosen because they sell magazines. But is that the only reason? Take a look away from photography magazines and the difference in...

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Adam Burton

Adam Burton is one of the UKs leading landscape photographers and author of five books. Since 2008 he has been working as a full time professional landscape photographer, regularly supplying imagery and undertaking commissions for a wide range of clients.

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    You are so right. I couldn’t say it better. To see over-saturated photographs doesn’t enjoy me any more. For years I was using the Velvia 50 film and liked very much its rendition. But now I just cannot look at the heavily processed images. Visiting different communities galleries I just skip them. I’m getting over-saturated too. Thanks for this article.

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