Part of the feedback I got from my tutor on the Colour assignment was that two images in particular had an unnatural look to the colours, either because of not setting the white balance correctly to begin with, or because I’d gone a little too far in my post-processing.
Based on his advice, I have reworked these two images.
2. Harmony through similar colours
The original image posted was, in the words of my tutor, “a little too red in the shadows which is giving the whole photo a more orange than yellow feeling, that appears unnatural because the blacks are no longer black, but a dark orange brown hue”. This wasn’t due to excessive post-processing but rather due to not setting the white balance properly on taking the photo.
In the reworked version below, I have gone back to the original RAW image and worked on increasing the black levels, whilst also reducing the levels of red and orange. The reworked version is a little more subtle and natural-looking. The blacks are now much closer to true black. I tweaked the shadows up slightly to maintain the slight gaps between the rows. The background yellow now looks truer to the actual yellow of the card I used as backdrop.
16. Colour accent
This was a simple case of over-processing. I got carried away boosting the yellow in order to make a more uniform backdrop. But as the tutor rightly pointed out, it comes across looking unnatural.
In the reworked version I maintained the more natural hues of the padlocks fading into the background. The overall effect of colour accent is still evident, but looks more true to life now.
I’m happier now that these two images look more natural. I’m learning that sometimes when it comes to post-processing, less can be more.