Black and white photography can give very powerful meaning to a photo, but sometimes a bit of color makes it truly outstanding.
So what makes a perfect selective color shot?
1. The part in color needs to be bright to stand out from the rest of the image.
To make the most use of this technique, ensure that the colored element is really bright else the color will be lost and won’t stand out enough to create an impact on the viewer.
2. The element in color should occupy at least one fourth of the photo.
If the subject, that you choose to color, in the photo, is very small the impact of the color will be lost and almost the entire image will appear just black and white. So to ensure that the color stands out, choose a larger subject to colorize.
3. Color everything else.
You can choose an alternative strategy of leaving the main subject in black and white and coloring the rest of the image. This also helps highlight your subject.
Hope these tips give you some idea on what kind of photos will work best with selective coloring.
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