Welcome to my blog. This week’s theme is all about Red. As in photographing red objects. Why does the color Red get a special blog, you ask? Well, I would say it’s a very timely topic with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching. Besides, the color red is one of those tricky colors to photograph. I love wearing red any time of year. It is vibrant and fiery. It is a lovely punch of color, especially in my cold and frozen tundra of a backyard. As I write these words, I can not help but smile as I look down to see my attire, a Red fleece sweater, grey pants and you guessed it, red fleece socks. Red is definitely a power color but boy is it a hard color to photograph especially on a bright sunny day.
It may have happened to you. You come across a beautiful red rose, or a poppy, or any object; you press the shutter and you think, beautiful! It is when you look at your histogram or later on when you’re processing your photographs that disappointment strikes as you notice there is very little detail in your reds. If you're seeing a big blob of red instead of details on your image, there's a good chance you've blown your reds. Take a look at the picture below and look at the histogram.
A good way to avoid having your Red channel blown is by underexposing a bit but fear not, if you already took a photo and your reds are blown, with a little tweaking in Lightroom, you can salvage those beautiful details on your red tones, especially if you shoot raw.
You might want to start by adjusting the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminosity)/Color Module. Sample an area where you want to effect change and play with the HSL (one at a time) until you achieve the desired results. If you need more drastic editing you can bring your photo into Photoshop and edit the HSL from there. Rather than just selecting red, you should use the drop sampler, which is that little round circle (top left) of the HSL module in LR. While pressing your left mouse button, move your mouse up and down to make your changes.Often times we think only red is involved in a color, but when you use the drop sampler, you will see that other color sliders may be impacted as well like the oranges, yellows, magentas, or even colors you didn't even think were in the sampled area. You may also want to tweak your clarity and contrast to get you where you need to be. There are more things you can do to recover the reds, but these few recommendations should get you there. The photo below shows the details of the petals.
Let's take a look at some photos where the color red is a player. Now you're ready to tackle any Valentine's Day photo request or Photo Sessions with Santa.
I hope you enjoyed this week's blog. Hopefully it will help you tame those fiery reds, magentas and pinks. We now return to our regularly scheduled Arctic Tundra with my two favorite Red Dogs, Maggie and Rhodes.
This blog was created as part of a weekly challenge. Each subject encompassing a new focus or photographic technique or subject.
To see what other awesome photographers have done with this week's subject, please visit: Jessica Wasik with Bark & Gold Photography, celebrating the joy and love between Pittsburgh pets and their people.
And remember, this is a blog circle, when you get back here again, you'll know you've gone all the way around.