Apparently, according to various internet sources I’ve read, selective colour images are one of the most hated photo editing techniques known to man. They’re tacky. They’re a cliche. They’re amateurish & not something “real” photographers would stoop to. Who cares! Rules are made to be broken & although I know posting this is probably going to polarize both my readers, people’s opinions are just that, opinions. So why not give it a go yourself?
This was a very simple shot to set up. However, I did give a little thought to the types of fruit I was going to include in the bowl. Knowing the majority of the image would be in black & white I wanted to include some texture, hence the avocado & kiwi. Even the citrus fruits were placed on top with the smoother skinned apples at the bottom.
Selective colouring refers to the technique of having a single colour appear in an otherwise black & white photo.
To achieve this, duplicate the background layer (Ctrl + J) & make it black & white. Add a layer mask to this new b&w layer. Select a suitable brush size & paint back in whatever colour you want (make sure the foreground colour is set to black). If you make a mistake just switch the foreground to white & paint the b&w back in (you can press “X” as a shortcut). Don’t forget to zoom in to make the colouring as accurate as possible.
(Hint: ” [ ” makes brush smaller; ” ] ” makes it bigger).
Set up. This is one of the first photographs I took with my new DSLR camera. I was on a day out at Tatton Park, experimenting with depth of field in AV mode.
Opinion. I set myself the challenge of working out how to do selective colouring on a black & white photo this week & thought this image was a good starting point. Originally I’d considered highlighting all the lavender in the foreground but then chose to only bring out the colour in one of the flowers & crop the photo a little closer to make it stand out. I think the overall effect is quite good although it would have more impact if the colour was brighter (eg. a red or yellow) as this would show up better against the dark background.