Selective color in BW architectural photos
A selective color looks tricky at first glance but it’s not a special technique in this digital era. Some digital cameras are capable of doing selective color effect with in-camera tools. It is so effective and easily make viewer’s attention to the photo. Then you have to care of using it and not overdo.
●Make the “color” meaningful
Do you remember the movie”schindler’s list”? The movie was made as a black and white movie, but the director Steven Spielberg effectively put the red in the movie.
A little girl in the red dress has an important role: she represents the innocence of the Jews being slaughtered. Schindler(main character) later spots her in a pile of exhumed dead bodies as she wore the red dress. In my opinion the red also represents the blood lost by this tragic historical incident.
Aoh, don’t take it too serious when it comes to photography.. Just take a moment and think the color you want; “Why the color is important to me.”
That makes your photo much convincing.
●What if the photo with only black and white?
Before using the selective color, examine your photo; “Does it really need the color?” Often a poor selective color ruins the photo. Then make the traditional black and white version first, add the color later. Take an example from my gallery.
●Don’t depend on too much to the color.
When the photo stands without the color, the photo might not need the color.
Leave them in Black and White.
When the color works better, make the photo much stand out,
use it as the killer technique which you can stun the viewers.
REAL WORLD EXAPMPLE:
So what parts of the color you select?
There are some common areas you can choose as a color;
1. Traffic lights
To combine with traffic lights and buildings are common technique in cityscape genre. So here comes the technique you can use.
Imagine this photo without color “green”. Already the picture is brilliant with beautiful composition, detail of the buildings and long-exposure blurred clouds. Adding to “the green light“, it is really an icing on the cake.
Windows are also good areas to choose.They are everywhere in a building. So select a window or windows effectively make a photo much interesting.
Coloring Lamps are also popular along with traffic lights.
They are so called “lamp shots”
Those shapes of lamps are different from countries to countries.
So It’s interesting to compare among these “lamp shots” among different photographers in the world.
It’s up to you where to color. There is no limitation. Just do it!
I’d like to say thank you for my fellow great photographers bellow for allowing me to reference their great photographs. How inspiring they are!!!