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Rich Colours, how?
Hi,.

I'm new to photography, I recently purchased a canon EOS400D..

I was looking around the internet a various photography sites admiring the photographs. I came across this site.

Http://www.vandervalk.ca/landscape.html.

The colours in the landscape photo's are brilliant, i'm wondering how are these rich colours achieved?.

Is it with filters or is it with post processing in photoshop? if it is filters, what kind of filters?.

Thanks,Alex...

Comments (12)

I believe he is using post processing to enhance the "look" he wants..

Digital cameras need very few filters. I occasionally use graduated neutral density filters to control exposure levels, and I have not found a satisfactory way to duplicate what a polarizing filter does, but I use no others now. Anything that standard color filters do can be done better in post..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #1

To quote from person's bio,.

"Combining my knowledge of post-processing with my passion for photographic imagery, my goal is to create stunning, and sometimes haunting, artistic images.".

The person is a graphic designer which require higher PP skills. Nonetheless the person is good photographer too. His PP skilss are reflected in his photos..

Alex1980 wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm new to photography, I recently purchased a canon EOS400D..

I was looking around the internet a various photography sitesadmiring the photographs. I came across this site.

Http://www.vandervalk.ca/landscape.html.

The colours in the landscape photo's are brilliant, i'm wondering howare these rich colours achieved?.

Is it with filters or is it with post processing in photoshop? if itis filters, what kind of filters?.

Thanks,Alex..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #2

I remember seeing one of those photos before on this board, so I did a search for vander.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1018&message=25006040.

He is talented. Especially since he doesn't make his PP work look garish...

Comment #3

From the home page: "Using advanced digital processing and artistic techniques, I enjoy creating compositions that are both beautiful and moving."..

Comment #4

Nothing special that's just how British Columbia always looks..

Oh, and Photoshop, to imitate the kinds of effects we used to get by choosing film carefully..

Some of the sunny day shots are pretty contrasty; plus a polarizer helps make the sky a nicer blue, and the clouds stand out..

A right against the horizonsuming the skies in several other shots are real and I've seen similar he just waited for the right light. Heavy clouds, not against the horizon so that light could peek through..

BAK..

Comment #5

Wow.. this is the first time I've run across someone asking about my photos on my website on DPReview, what a surprise it was to me to see that when I opened your thread. Took my by surprise. I'm extremely honoured by all your remarks, so thank you very much. .

I'll try to answer your questions as best I can and hopefull it will shed some light for you. First off, as another poster noted, I am a graphic designer by day and a hobbist photographer whenever I can get the chance to get out. Since I've been using Photoshop since V.3, I have a pretty good grasp on what I can do in order to achieve my vision through my artwork..

Most of those images on the vandervalk.ca website are about 2 years old now. I've been lazy in updating that site and I haven't been diligent at putting up my latest pieces, but that will change soon as I'm working on a new gallery..

I'm assuming that by wanting to know about the rich colours you are probably seeing the high contrast in most of the shots. I'll try to walk you through some of my work flow..

Mind you, every shot is different, but I generally use similar tasks in photoshop to help get my finished piece..

Here is my "Witty's Lagoon" photo, for example. The reason why I chose this one is for two reasons. I have the full PSD on my computer at the moment and it's not as complicated as some of my other ones such as the tall ship and this shouldn't take as long but will show you what I generally do..

Original Photo out of the camera.

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As you can see, pretty lack luster and it was exposed for the sky. As soon as I saw this photo I knew it had some potential and photoshop was really the only way to acheive that as it wasn't a shot bracketed and it was lacking some serious contrast and oomph..

First step. I colourized the orange sunset into a blue as I wanted this to look like a night shot. I did this by overlaying a blue hue where the sky was. Using layer styles and overlay, this was pretty easy. I also used the curvers tool to give it more contrast and to bring out some of the darker areas and to give it some more detail..

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Next I used a baby blue colour and again using layer modes, selected "linear burn" and layed it over the entire photo..

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Then I used a new layer mode, color dodge and the airbrush and painted at a low opacity some depth in the snow, using a white colour. This is quite a similar technique to painting with light. I also used a black at various opacities and burned in some areas, giving it a more 3 dimensional effect. This is most noticible on the snow in the foreground..

The reason I was doing this, is I wanted it to look like the moon was shedding it's light on the snow. I also lighten various areas of the photograph..

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Using colour dodge again, I added a large white hot spot in the background and also on the water, giving it the appearance that the moon was shining on the water..

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Once again I decide that I want to give the snow some more depth and did the same thing as I did in my step 4..

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Finally, with a moon I had shot previously, I had carefully cut out and overlayed into the photograph. I felt the sky was a little lacking in something and I didn't want to push the clouds anymore..

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Of course every photograph is very different but I can say that with most of those photographs on my website curves, levels, selective dodging and burning are used the most..

For some of the photos with some heavy clouds, I will quite often mask the clouds, feather my selection and the copy paste onto a new layer. From there I will select "overlay" or "screen" and see what effects this gives..

One has to be very careful when doing this because if not done right you can get banding and a lot of noise built up looking pretty crappy in the final print. So from there I will erase, play with the opacity of certain areas and then run neat image on some parts as well. Sometimes I will even double or replace the clouds with previous photos that I have shot just for the clouds..

I've started to get away from more photoshopped photos and am trying to get better behind the camera. That's not to say that I'm not using Photoshop for processing, but I'm not trying to rely on it as much. You can see this from my new galleries at the bottom of my site. The "yukon" sepia shots and the USA shots are more out of the camera with some selective dodging and burning..

My latest technique/trend is trying to learn daytime long exposures, like David Fokos, David Burdeny and Micheal Levin do. They are very inspirational to me and a style I'd like to emulate and eventually make my own..

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If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask. Again, I REALLY appreciate the comments. Thank you so much..

I hope this helps a little. Oh, by the way. It doesn't hurt to live in British Columbia, as stated by another poster. .

Check out my photo galleries !!http://www.vandervalk.cahttp://www.vandervalk.ca/yukonhttp://www.vandervalk.ca/usa.

And when I stop being lazy, I'll actually put them onto my main website gallery and not have 3 seperate galleries. ..

Comment #6

Vander.

Another thing I like about your site is: navigation. Just by scrolling the mouse!! I have never come across such thing. Fantastic. Keep it up..

Vander wrote:.

Wow.. this is the first time I've run across someone asking about myphotos on my website on DPReview, what a surprise it was to me to seethat when I opened your thread. Took my by surprise. I'm extremelyhonoured by all your remarks, so thank you very much. .

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #7

Vander,.

Thanks a lot for your post, it's very kind of you to share your knowledge and expertise. As I said I am quite new to photography, Some of my shots are ok from a composition point of view, but they still don't look great. The pictures in your gallery look great, I love the colours in them, I was wondering how can I improve the colours in my pictures..

What books would you recommend for learning to use photoshop? there seems to be lots out there, what would be a good one to start with?.

I have seen people mentioning Martin Evenings CS3 book, is this the way to go?.

Thanks,Alex...

Comment #8

No worries, hope I helped a little bit..

As for Photoshop books, man it's been a while and I'm not sure what's even out there for books. Most books I've used have been for the design part of Photoshop. One that we used in college a lot and I know it's still around is Photoshop in a Classroom. I do believe that they keep putting this series out for each new version, but I'm not 100% sure. They were really good. Another one is the Photoshop WOW book, but again, not sure how much that would apply to just photography and not text effects etc...

Sorry I can't give you any more help with books. If you have a Chapters around or something similar to a very large book store you might want to go in a browse these sections and see what looks good..

Other than that.. I would say dive in, read online tutorials and just fool around. I know it's easier said then done, but there really isn't any better way to learn a program then by trial and error..

Again, feel free to ask any more questions. You can also email me at jasonv at edgeflowmedia dot com. That is my business email, it's okay to write to that..

Check out my photo galleries !!http://www.vandervalk.cahttp://www.vandervalk.ca/yukonhttp://www.vandervalk.ca/usa.

And when I stop being lazy, I'll actually put them onto my main website gallery and not have 3 seperate galleries. ..

Comment #9

Dear Vander;.

I would love to see some of your photoshop renditions with images taken this season up there in BC under Beaufort scale Force 7 conditions ie. when it is really blowing hard. Go for it.-garrisonhttp://www.umefotographie.com..

Comment #10

Just wanted to post to also thank vander for the informational post. taking the time to write that up and sharing a few tricks to help the community is awesome..

I'm colorblind, so I don't think i'll be doing anything like that any time soon...

Comment #11

What a wonderful contribution..

Thanks for going to the trouble of taking us through your process, step by step..

BAK..

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