Ever wonder how can you make the colors in your Fall Photography stand out? Great locations help, but knowing what to do with those colors in post is imperative.  

Today I am going to show you how I explore color in my fall photography.  We will start in Adobe Camera Raw to build a healthy foundation of color,  then take those photos into Photoshop to show how you can separate and simplify them.

Fall Photography Before Fall Photography After

The key to great color in your fall photography starts with a solid foundation.  You can build that in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom.  Most people head straight to the color mixer first, BUT I would recommend you look at the Calibration section first, then explore the color mixer.  The Calibration section will allow you to exploit the color naturally,  and then you can refine them further.

While I did mention you can use the Color Mixer in ACR or LR, I prefer to refine my colors in Photoshop.  The HSL adjustment layer in Photoshop is very similar to the Color Mixer, but you have a lot more at your disposal with things like masking, blend-if, opacity, and blend modes.  Lets also not forget the HSL adjustment allows for a 180 rotation around the color wheel for each color while ACR/LR restricts you to 30 degrees.

Furthermore, Photoshop has the infamous Selective Color adjustment Layer that is incredible for mixing the colors in your image like a painter.  This is my favorite way of controlling color in Photoshop.  

Below you will find two videos to help you get better color in your fall photography this season.  start with the ACR video and then venture into the Photoshop tutorial.

Enjoy!

 

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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