Colors can add power and meaning to images. Color relationships are part of these effects. When an entire image is of one object, the color coordination was taken care of by the designer of that object. But when various elements in the real world form unintended color relationships, its a great chance for the photographer to step in, and manipulate color.
In the image below, the red, white, and blue motif of the trolley is a given. But the coincidence of it stopping at a traffic light behind the red and blue scooters was an opportunity not to be missed. The only question was whether there was enough time to pull out an iPhone, open the Photo app, and compose an image before the light changed. Once that was accomplished, a bit of color coordinating in Photoshop, to enhance the relationship between the various reds and blues in the image, completed the process.
Gymnasiums, Conference Centers, Covered Markets, they often have one thing in common: they are frequently lit by very efficient, but very unpleasant lighting, such as sodium vapor lamps. This results in images which often have a terrible color cast. But trying to adjust for it with standard color adjustments is not the best solution.
Instead, it is ideal to use a color temperature adjustment in an application such as Adobe Lightroom to correct such images. The shot above was taken in RAW mode, and the camera’s approximation of the correct white point was 4750K, which is the color of sunlight. Clearly the lighting in this covered marketplace in Barcelona was far from daylight corrected, resulting in this extreme color cast. A single adjustment to the color temperature slider, to a final value of 2650k was all that was needed to solve this issue, and produce results as shown below.
There are many good reasons for converting an image to black and white. Some images contain a lot of contrast and texture which can be better emphasized in black in white. Others have historic content that fits well with historic black and white looks. And sometimes an image is part of a series, and the best way to bring the entire series together is to process them all similarly in black and white.
But in the case of the image above, the main reason for conversion may not be apparent at first glance. Photographers have limited tools for controlling the color in their images. In some cases the only practical control of color is the veto: remove all chromatic information, and work from there. A look at the original image below should be enough to explain the reasoning in this case. It might make a good shock value image in color, but removing the bright tones certainly simplifies the image.
This webinar will be an unscripted discussion of the concepts and techniques used in architectural photography, sponsored by Datacolor. David Saffir and I will be discussing a range of sample images, chosen for their value in illustrating architectural concepts and the techniques used to shoot them. Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting discussion on this very challenging theme. And stay tuned, as there will be a Datacolor Spyder product given away to one attendee at the end of the session, plus some excellent discounts for all attendees.
A1 Diner, shot with iPhone 4S, Processed with NIK Snapseed
This webinar will be a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of phone cameras, and ways to utilize them effectively, including add-on lenses and editing applications. This webinar is sponsored by Datacolor . David Saffir and I will be discussing a range of sample images, chosen for their value in illustrating phone photography methods and techniques. Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting discussion on this hot topic. And stay tuned, as there will be a photography product given away to one attendee at the end of the session.
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This Presentation will be co-sponsored by Datacolor and Midwest Photo Exchange. As the title indicates, I’ll be covering color management for capture, for display, and for output. Sunday’s session was a full house. There will be a Datacolor SpyderCube given away to one attendee at the end of the session, so stop by if you are at the show, and try your luck.
This webinar will be an unscripted discussion of composition, gesture, and other factors that make images work, co-sponsored by Datacolor and Digital Silver Imaging. David Saffir and I will be discussing a range of sample images, chosen for their value in illustrating compositional features, and in some instances, chosen for defying easy analysis. Please join us for what we hope will be an interesting discussion on this very interesting theme. And stay tuned, as there will be a Datacolor Spyder product given away to one attendee at the end of the session, plus some excellent discounts for all attendees.
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