Quick selective color using Photoshop without lasso

Selective black and white in photography can be a great tool to direct the viewer to a specific place within a photo. By removing the color from all but your main target it becomes clear what in the photo you want to show.

Using Photoshop there is a very quick way of achieving this effect on some photos. Even though it work on lots of different subjects it goes extra well on macro shots where background is blown out, often in a short range on color.

To show off this effect I will be using a macro shot of a flower from my garden. The flower is colourful in pink against the green background.

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Simulated tilt-shift using Photoshop CC

The post with the most views on this site is and has been for quite some time how to add simulated tilt-shift using Photoshop. Since that was written quite some time ago and for Photoshop Elements I wanted to write an updated version using Photoshop CC. Also to simplify the effect even further.

To make it even more comparable I will be using the same source file for the effects.
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Post photo workflow in Lightroom

I use Adobe’s Lightroom for my photo library. For the cost it gives my powerful tools and it also make it possible to maintain a sance view of the growing amount of photos taken over the years.

Instead of list the features and functions of the applications I will instead explain which tools I use and in what order when I return home from a photo session.

Import photos and convert to DNG

Starting in the Library view, import photos and convert to DNG. for more information on DNG, read though my article on the subject!

Initiate backup

As soon as photos are on my harddrive I start to push them to an off site backup location. As long as the backup is running, the photos are kept on the memory cards.

Delete bad photos

To cut down the amount of pictures I start by looking through them all. If I see a bad picture, I press X and flag the photo for deletion.

When all photos have been looked through, from file menu I select Photo -> Delete rejected photos and by doing so remove all photos both from library and from my hard drive.

Balance exposure and color

Develop

Looking at the histogram in Develop mode, move sliders under Basic until we see a good amount of light in the picture. While doing this, I activate the highlight clipping (the two triangles in top corners of histogram) to see if I lose any details in light or dark. Shortcut ‘J’.

UWhite Balance Toolsing the White balance tool, click on a neutral part of the photo (white or grey).

SyncIf many photos have been shot in the same environment and light I then sync these photos to as many photos as possible to get a good baseline to work with.

Select multiple photos in the bottom view and then press Sync button to sync the done changes to rest of marked photos.

After these steps the rest is based on that type of photos I have shot. Steps differ alot if it has been a portrait, nature, star sky or something else.

DSLR, action or compact – what to use

Photography is most of all a soft skill. It’s about seeing a scene and framing that scene in a way where it can tell the story the photographer sees. Without this soft skill photos will be of scared people in harsh light and the scenes will lack colors and content.

I do not see the soft skill as a natural born skill though, it is defensively something that can be learnt through trial and error. For new and aspiring photographers today there is also great help to be had from technology. Gone are the days when the tools a photographer bought was specialized in one area that had to be learnt from scratch to be able to use. Today technology is an on-board teacher that is always holding ones hand.

Looking at what technology can give us I want to share how I see camera bodies, regardless of lenses, that I see a usage for in my own photography.
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