Taking the photo is only one part of a photographer’s job. Post-processing is another and it is crucial to get this part right to produce beautiful photos. Post-processing methods such as photo cropping, photo editing and photo colour correction services can help you create stunning images.
One of the most important steps of post-processing is colour correction. Colour correction is the technique of enhancing the colours in an image. It is also the process of resolving colour issues in a photo; high-quality colour correction puts life into an image and changes its story.
Lighting manipulation underpins almost all elements of an image. You have to balance the correct amount of lighting for both the subject and the background so that neither overpowers the other. Get it wrong and one, if not both could be over or underexposed.
The slightest inconsistencies in your camera’s settings as well as the environment while shooting can result in subpar images – something colour correction can fix. Inconsistencies happen when the camera’s white balance setting does not match the lighting of the environment. The aperture of your camera should be at f/8.3 when the lighting’s bright and f/2.1 in dark conditions. With colour correction fixes, you can readjust the white balance of a photo.
Colour temperature is the measure of the light’s colour and affects the warmness and coolness of a photo. You can get different coloured light from different sources of light. For example, midday lighting gives a blue tint while a candle produces reddish light. Colour correction helps produce more realistic photos by adjusting to more realistic colours.
White Balance in Portraits
In portrait photography, the colour of a person’s skin is something that must be paid close attention to. As a photographer, you want to create an image which best tells the narrative you have in mind. This means you’ll need to be able to manipulate the level of colour and white balance of an image. This allows an image producer to to portray whatever reality, they believe best suits their aim.
Photographers who are growing their photography business may not have the luxury of time to spend hours on colour correction. Sometimes, it is best left to professional post processors who have the equipment, time and skill to bring out the best vision of what the photographer had in mind.