Reducing the color palette can be an effective technique to put the emphasis on light and shape, making an unusual flower appear sculptural and ethereal. In this video, Susan Varnum accesses the Adobe Camera Raw filter in Photoshop CC to enhance contrast and reduce the color range of the images so as to increase their drama.
- [Narrator] All right, so I'm here in Photoshop,…and I'm in full screen mode.…I hit shift-F to get there.…And, we're going to dive in and do some really fun…and extreme edits to this image,…and, we'll actually do all the edits…right here in Photoshop.…So, I'm going to duplicate the background image.…You could also do this by creating a Smart Object.…And, I'm going to increase the contrast of the image.…So, I'm going to go into Filter and Camera Raw Filter.…And I'm, pump up the contrast.…And, what I'm looking to do, overall,…is, increase the detail here.…
Which has more detail?…I think I have a little more detail,…if I pull back the shadows.…I'm going to increase the highlights.…I'm not afraid of it getting a little glowy look here.…Make the blacks, just a little bit darker.…I'm also going to go into Clarity,…which will make it a little less glowy.…But I'll go into fx and choose Dehaze, as well.…I'm really looking for crispness, initially,…right in this area, so, I've pulled out a lot more detail.…So, I'm going to go ahead and say okay.…
First, brush up your botanical vocabulary. Then learn how to take your raw photos and start editing them into something more. Find out how to build texture, enhance color and tone, and direct focus to draw viewers into the areas you want to highlight. Susan switches between different apps on desktop and mobile, to show the strengths of each tool. Follow along to find the workflow that works best for you and your photographic style.
- Why we photograph flowers
- Editing to draw focus
- Enhancing texture and color
- Refining your story
- App hopping: Using the best tool
- Assessing your progress