This is a follow-on exercise from the last section on managing tone. Looking at the course notes these exercises are preparing me for the next series of projects which are about creative interpretation. It seems that the college/course want to ensure that students have the basic skills required to presents an image before the creative aspect of our work comes out.
I’m sure that these exercises have and will give me a solid basis to work from.
I have been asked to pick a couple of images that require correction. I chose two very different images. The first taken at an old railway station. I found three fire buckets attached to a wall.
I picked this image because:-
- The strong red colour against the brick wall.
- There was damage to the red paint on the buckets showing the grey primer underneath (I was required to find grey in an image for processing purposes.)so these looked like a good option.
- There was a further section of grey on an unpainted window which I could make use off.
- A window box containing flowers adds interest and colour.
You can see that the image on the right , which has been corrected , has more depth and is, in my view, a much stronger image. Look at the following areas:-
- The colour of the bricks.
- The strong red buckets on the red piece of wood.
- The black letters on the fire buckets.
- The green leaves.
How was this improvement achieved?
1. The white balance was adjusted with the dropper tool, the dropper was placed on the grey area on paint on the middle fire bucket.
2. The temperature and tint sliders were adjusted.
You can see from the above image (left as shot) that the detail in the windows has been over exposed. There is also a deep area of shadow above the window. I looked at the image after I had adjusted just the temp and tone and the result was better. As I was writing my course notes I noticed a small section of what appeared to be tray on a window ( see below) I decided to have a go at adjusting the white balance.
I think that it has made a difference. Look at the following areas:-
- Yellow walls
- Large picture
- Picture under the window
- Detail in area between wall and ceiling
An interesting experiment, it seems that you don’t have to have an area of pure grey and the area you choose does not have to be very large.
I wonder what viewers think is the best image?