Stacy is kicking off her second year of doing After-Before Friday Challenge. I thought I would start out by using a rose and showing how to correct the color red.
See my original photo to the right. Believe it or not this flower is actually red and was taken in sunlight shining through a greenhouse type roof.
Red to me is one of the hardest colors to photograph outdoors. Red tones usually turns out to be a burnt out magenta with a hint of red that is if the the object is in the sun. It took me many years of trying to get a perfect balance of shade and sun. And then it was results were rarely consistent, it really depends on the tone of the red (light or dark). Then I finally discovered how to fix it in my post processing.
Here is what this rose looks like after processing. I list my some of my processing tips below the rose. This is much closer to the true color of the rose I actually photographed.
Here are some of my basic steps. I only did some basic post processing in Adobe’s Bridge (fairly equivalent to Lightroom). This photo was taken with my Sony A7ii Camera with 18-200mm lens.
I cropped the photo, I took out the right edge to get rid of some of the bokeh which didn’t appeal to my eye.
This photo was taken in a nursery so I removed some the sign that was noticeable on the bottom left.
Now for fixing the red.
The best tip is to take the temperature down. Or increase the blues. Depending on what type of software you are using. This will actually darken your photo if it is basically all red, like this one is.
I also added a little pink to add in just a little more red tone.
I kept the exposure and contrast pretty much as they came out of the camera.
Now if you drop down the list I really lowered the highlights (bright tones) and Whites. This gives the red a nice deep tone and took out the remaining bright magentas. This help tremendously with any color that is burnt out.
Black I also darkened because it brought the lines in the rose out more.
Then I brightened the shadows to bring the red out in the layers of the rose. Otherwise the darker reds would show up more as a black.
Some of my standard corrections are to add clarity, especially with photos that are already in good focus. If you want a softer look, you can always take down the clarity.
Especially with flowers I will add a little vibrance. I chose vibrance rather than saturation, because most post processing software if they have both option, the saturation actually changes the color. Vibrances enhances the color that is presence which results in a more natural looking enhancement.
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