When we talk about landscape photography post-processing and it comes down to adjusting color, we're in most cases bombarded by theoretical terms. Erin Babnik tossed difficult to understand terms in favor of an easy-to-follow essay on adjusting color in your landscape photos.
Handling Color Like a Pro
Often, we need some sort of background in design, photography or classical art in order to appreciate the extent of such articles. From complementary color contrast to analogous color harmonies and why red is such a dominant color due to its evolutionary role in the human eye. Instead, Erin Babnik took a different, more practical approach. So let's harness the power of color today and see how it can transform your own images by not cranking the saturation to 150%.
Babnik has a signature approach to treating color. Just have a browse around through her impressive gallery on her website. You'll notice that, while the image are bursting with interest, none of them exhibit overly saturated colors. What's more, is that they also seem to hug purple, magenta, and pink tones without it being overly apparent. It's because of this quality of controlling color that Babnik possesses, that I'm sharing her recent article about color with you. This easy-to-follow guide puts you in the driver's seat as Babnik covers subtlety, harmony and simplicity, but also realism.
Sometimes, colors can distract from the most important parts of the image. Especially when a color isn't found anywhere else or when it's saturated too deeply. It's surprising and refreshing to see that muted color palettes in landscape photography can command attention. Did you know that those less saturated images actually sell better and hang on a client's wall longer? Well it isn't as simple as turning down the vibrancy. Handling color well requires skill, knowledge and a bit of experience. So go ahead and get cracking with color right now to build that experience.
Images used with permission by Erin Babnik.