Getting Rich Colors
I often get asked how I get the rich colors for the images that I have. I always try and see the world as if it was just a little crisper and brighter. I wanted to walk you through how to get some of those really deep rich colors that are so prevalent in today’s hyper-saturated photography world. This simple shot was taken while walking around downtown New York in the Rhino Art District. I love walking around art districts that are set in more “rough” areas because there always seems to be interesting things going on. I also find inspiration from the art that I see when I look through the windows of these places. Anyways back to the reason for the post.
First I’ll show you the original image:
Here you can see that already there are some bright colors. The orange is crystal
clear, and the wall has a nice yellow tone to it. I also liked the fact that the orange has a nice background of a dark color to make it really pop.
Here is the final image:
Here I did all sorts of stuff to clean this up.
- Clarity, and vibrance slider both set to 15 to clean up the edges of the colors, and make them a bit more clear in Lightroom
- Boosted the contrast a bit in Lightroom, and of course added a sharpening of 25.
- Straightened up all the edges in Photoshop.
- I used the warp tool to straighten out the barrel roll. I find that the Lens Distortion filter doesn’t always work for me. If anyone has any suggestions I’m all ears.
- Then I copied the layer and added a layer mask with a white circle in the middle, changing the mode to multiply. I find that this gives me the best version of a vignette. I don’t like the way that Lightroom does a vignette, sometimes it works, and sometimes it just looks like black sludge all over a nice looking shot.
- I also used the clone stamp tool to take out any thing that was distracting. For instance there is a logo in the left middle of the image, that I cloned out because it just didnt seem like it should be there.
That’s pretty much it.