The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. — Marcel Proust.
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Honestly, using colour to create a mood or focus the picture is an art that I am still working on and the above set above isn’t my first attempt. I attempted this with most of the photos in the Erin photoshoot, but in the case above I am more concerned with picking colours that match a mood. There are a couple great tools if you want to understand more about this, so if you are interested please check them out.
Try out a colour palette from the following sites:
Here are some good youtube videos on this. There are probably a lot more so if you have any just post them in a comment below.
Not part of colour grading, but this image was sharpened using the technique that I got from the video below
I am envious of the speed and ease that retouchers like Natalia Taffarel work out the appropriate colours for an image, hopefully with a lot of practice i can work out how to select the right colours for a shoot and post production grading. In the photograph of Kira above I wanted to bring out her expression and make this a moody scene. Let me know what you think. I started out by putting a teal tone in the shadows and tan in the highlights, but there was a lot of fine tuning afterwards to make it look more natural A black and white layer was also used in luminosity mode was also used; pulling down the greens and the cyans darkened the background, boosting the reds brightened her skin a bit as well.
I didn’t start out planning to post this shot or else I would have looked for one without a highlight on her nose, i just started experimenting with toning and thought it came out OK. Click on image below to see final retouch it in full size.