First attempt at selective color

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Bad Andy, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Bad Andy

    Bad Andy TPF Noob!

    Jun 26, 2009
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    Here is a photo I took of my friend's mustang (67) on a recent road trip. I felt that the background was too busy, so I rendered it all in black and white. I couldn't seam to figure out how to get the chrome around the windshield to shine though. I don't know if I did it the "right" way though. I individually selected all of the colors (except red) and de-saturated them. Maybe there is another way to do selective color. By the way I am using Apple Aperture.


    F/5, 1/1000, ISO 200, 20mm

  2. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2005
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    Well, it seems relatively well done, but IMO it's pretty extreme. Generally the selective color thing is more subtle... all b/w except one smallish element that pops.

    The other problem (as I think you realized) is that the core picture itself doesn't totally work... truck RIGHT behind the car, other truck off to the left there... at the end of the day, if the core picture didn't work, selective color won't really fix it.

    Nice FREAKIN' car though. :lol:

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