Selective Color

Every once in a while I like to take a photograph beyond just the “pretty shot” and closer to something more artistic.  I do this in a number of ways.  Sometimes I go for high contrast black and white shots.  Sometimes I alter color schemes.  Sometimes I add digital elements to completely change a photograph.  And sometimes I mix black and white and color in what’s called, selective color.

I used to go the long route when I wanted to do selective color.  I would copy my photograph into a new layer in Photoshop, turn the original layer to black and white, select the portions I wanted to remain in color in the top layer, and delete the rest.  Kind of a round-about way.

Now, thanks to my Sony HX9V’s “Part” feature, I have an easier, in-camera, way to do selective color for the primary hues of Green, Blue, Red, and Yellow.

My mother bought me a little rose plant for Valentine’s day this year and since then (and after one very needed plant pot transfer), it has been flourishing and producing several buds.  I decided to take a few shots of one rose bud using selective color.  Here’s the result.

Selective Color Rose

So much easier than all the work I would normally do in Photoshop to get the same result!

Until next time…




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