Colour in Photography & Life

The word for last week on with.in the story the word was Colour… I wanted to think of something creative yet photography related to explain colour in my eyes and it hit me today at lunch as I was editing photos from yesterday after work.

As a photographer we compose, expose and capture emotion in our work this involves a creative eye, understanding of light, white balance, focus and depth of field. By taking all of these into consideration will give you a properly exposed image.

It is once I import them into Lightroom that I begin my adjustments on all of the above factors with slight tweaking.

Much like a cook uses a spice blend, there are many factors that go into properly processing an image and giving it the final touches. Below Im going to share a few of mine!

This image I took of my dog last night, is essentially SOOC (straight out of the camera) with a few very minor tweaks. For the photogs out there the settings are:

Exif data

Camera Canon EOS 5D
Exposure 1/3200 sec
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 75 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire

Next is an action from MCP that I have right in my Lightroom 3 software – what I really love about the lightroom actions is especially for snapshots that I dont want to spend a lot of time on, if I want to play around with some of them I can use one click of a button and get a warm, bright, deep colour in my image with this one. MCP – Flying Colours.

The actions I use in Photoshop are from Pure Photoshop Actions – check em out on Facebook they have some awesome sales! With their actions I have combined some of them into my own favourite “Actions” – which are essentially a collection of the actions that I use commonly to achieve certain results.

This image below is what I call Deep & Warm. Its less subtle than the one above, yet does give it a more “true” result of what the original actually was, with subtle but noticeable improvements.

The next one is Pure Photoshop Actions again, it is what I call Colour and Warmth, has more warmth to it however the colours aren’t as deep as the one above.

This last one is my favourite Black and White Action – I created it using a Black & White Action – Minna 2010 and an action from Pure Photoshop Actions.

Why do I use actions?

There certainly can be alot of chatter about the use of actions, me personally I do not use them to do anything crazy to photos but rather enhance the original image. I dont do funky things to my photos – which is a part of my style. Much like I used as a description above, actions are like spice on food, cooks use a combination of various spices to achieve the taste they seek, this is how I use the actions – a little bit of this, dash of that. I rarely, very rarely use an action at full strength, even within these action combinations Ive pulled together of the Pure Actions, none of them are at 100% and depending on the image they need to still be tweaked.

Some may say, but why use actions? Because I am not a graphic designer who knows Photoshop inside and out – nor do I want to be. I purchased these actions because I love their style , it compliments my photography and the work to achieve these results is done – I do not have to learn Photoshop inside and out to figure out how I can achieve various results with the long list of features CS5 has. Below Ive made a list of what is in each of my own combo’s so if you check out the Pure Photoshop Actions website you know which actions Ive used 🙂

What’s in my personal combos:

Pure – Deep & Warm – Deep & Rich of Deep & Rich, Cloud 9 of Pure Set 2
Pure – Colour & Warmth – Gentle Autumn of Pure Seasons, Summer Fields of Summer Days, Pinch of Newborn Goodness of Just a Pinch, A Touch of Love of Pure Haze
Black & White – Classic BW from Minna 2010, Contrast, Golden Sunset Baby from Pure, Curves
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So my title says Colour in Photography & Life…

Life in general is always colourful, if there was no colour it would just be dull, boring and mundane. Even a black and white photo has life – it has emotion, feeling and can draw you in. At times our lives may have more colour than we prefer, could be firey red or greyish blue, these times can represent turmoil, but they also mean new growth is coming. With each end there is a new beginning, after a storm the sun shine dries any signs of the rain before. Colour holds meaning, it holds life and it holds promise.

My colour tonight is going to be a fantastic rainbow and fireworks in every colour imaginable as my hubby is coming home with a very special package from Henry’s for me! 🙂
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