Painting bananas

Painted banana, selective colour, fun, fruit, monochrome

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

Lavender selective colour
Lavender selective colour

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).

Week 10

Settings: f/5.6, 1/1250 second, ISO 400

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.