So after some thinking and all, I guess I need to apologize for causing so much trouble in this thread. I understand people have their opinions and all, but it just kind of made me feel like I had not accomplished much when people said it was out of date and out of fashion and that they discount someones work that does it. To me a better response if you don't like selective coloring, would be, Good job on the technique (as some of you did say) but selective coloring isn't one of my favorite things. And no I am not trying to get say they like my picture when they don't. I'm not acting like "a 4 year old and trying to get people to pretend to let me win the game". There is probably something in everyones pics that someone could find that they don't like or care for. I just don't think its appropriate to call something unfashionable. For example I don't care for southern gospel music like my dad does. He evens rights songs that our Southern Gospel. I like the more modern Christian music. But I don't call his music unfashionable and outdated. I just don't listen to it and just because he likes it I don't discount the rest of the music he listens to and writes. He has a lot of songs that I like but the really southern Gospel ones aren't my favorite style. Thats the best example I can think of to try to get my point across. Anyways. I hope I have made sense. I will check out the ilovephotography. com and probably just lurk here for awhile and just refrain from posting for a bit. I really have learned things from everyone and I love looking at everyones pictures and seeing the diversity in everyones photography. So if a moderator thinks they need to close this thread, feel free to.
And on a side note, I showed my friend the pictures last night. She loved these that I did with the selective coloring. She said she was wanting some done like that but didn't know I knew how to do it.
I have been trying to figure out for the longest how to make black and white pics with some flowers or something showing in color. Well last night after about 4 hours playing around with Photoshop I figured it out and did a couple of the wedding pictures that I took for my friend. What do ya'll think of these. I only did these. I didn't want to go to crazy with it.
You did the technique successfully, but I do have to tell you that selective coloring is really out of fashion. There are very few instances where it is used in an aesthetically successful manner.
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I think you did a great job, and they look neat. I wish the flowers weren't cut off on the right side of the pic though.
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I think these look really nice. Very vibrant color where you chose re-color. Although it is true that selective color is technically "not in fashion" I know MANY people who love it and often request it on a few photos.
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Though you did the technique correctly. I just don't think it is a look that you really want.
Wow, I'm not getting the responses I thought I would. I went for trying something that I have been wanting to do. I know everyone has their opioins but I wouldn't discount all of someones work just bc I dislike a certain style. I am not big on nature photography but I know a lot of people are and just bc someone has that on their website I wouldn't think the rest of their work wasn't good. I didn't get to show the pics to my friend tonight but I will see what she thinks and she has the choice of printing the regular one or the selective color one. I don't see how it could be out of fashion when so many people seem to like it.
Sorry for that if it seems like I am angry or lashing out...that's not the way I meant it. I just now feel discouraged for trying new things and improving my editing skills and for trying to be creative.
Okay. You posted for cc which is what people gave you. You did the technique very well. If you like it then do it. I liken selective coloring to Christmas sweaters. You know the ones with santa and trees and lights and all that good stuff. It takes a lot of talent to knit a Christmas sweater and a lot of people like to wear them. But are they on the cutting edge of fashion or even close to the middle, no. Would I discount the work of any fashion designer who had Christmas sweaters like this in their collection? yes. Do I think people should stop making them if they like them? no. But if they want to be an up and coming in their field then, yes.
If you want to be an up and coming, state of the art, photographer, I would not use selective color like this. JMO, take it or leave it.