Is it possible to produce natural colors in the sky and grass with one click? Radiant Imaging Labs produces this and more instantly. Let’s have a look.
Radiant Photo: Fidelity
Image fidelity is one of those terms most of us don’t hear much. Often, “image fidelity” is defined as the accuracy or faithfulness of how closely the image resembles or reconstructs the source.
Radiant Imaging Labs seems to use Fidelity more or less in this sense. Often, I seem to see the program addressing this in the sky or the grass. In other words, it seems to be addressing natural-looking blues and greens.
Fidelity especially seems to be noticeable when you have increased the saturation or vibrance substantially or it’s an unusual scene. Incredibly, Fidelity will often back off on the saturation or vibrance, producing a more natural color in the grass or sky! When was the last time you had a program that protected you from yourself?
A couple of quick clicks to Fidelity
Let’s go through several examples of using Radiant Photos and what Fidelity does. Note that the differences can be rather subtle.
1.) Using Radiant Photo and Fidelity with a tree in a park
Above, Radiant Photo has analyzed the photo and applied processing. It already has improved the image. It appears more like it did in person.
After initiating Fidelity, you can see that Radiant Photo has altered the green in an effort to look more natural. Most of the rest of the photo is unaffected. Fidelity has already determined the proper amount through analysis. You can of course change this if you wish. However, maxing out the slider may not produce a garish color.
Again, Radiant Photo seems to detect the proper amount and seems unwilling to damage your photo further. Not to worry, you can always open it back up in another editing program and go nuts with your colors if that’s what you really want. The idea here is to produce natural colors as easily as possible.
Above: Another example of how Radiant Photo instantly analyzes and processes a simple park scene with a tree and grass. Here also, the difference was subtle, with the green looking a little more natural, but already looking good in the initial pass.
2.) Using Radiant Photo and Fidelity with a desert scene
There are times in which using Fidelity does not seem to create any appreciable difference. Despite using a setting of 50, Fidelity does not offer any appreciable difference. Radiant Photo seems to feel that the sky is natural enough on its own. I’ve noticed that Fidelity seems to create far greater differences in night skies than day skies so far.
This is the first time I’ve seen an image processing program with a control called “Fidelity.” Unless using night photos, the difference is often subtle. But not always. Radiant Photos will give you what it feels is the appropriate amount.
And quite often, the result is quite pleasing. But of course, like any other program, you can shift it to your heart’s content. Unless you want something really garish. For that, you probably need to head to the Saturation or Vibrance settings.
But with Radiant Photo, the idea is to get you up and running with one or two clicks. It achieves this goal quite admirably. And what’s incredible is that since this analyzes photos to determine the best amount, it’s only going to get better.