CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

How I See Color

One of the things a person needs to be able to do is see color before they can effectively edit an image. Sure, there are tools in the editing programs and even while shooting that can assist, helping to make the job easier.

Here is an example of what I see when someone is just starting out in photography and the editing aspect of it. They want to warm their image and just have a hard time pinpointing what the problem is. They will post an image that looks something like this:



Editing does not involving just tweaking one color or even 2. Editing involves understanding which colors need tweaking and how to do it effectively without ruining the whole image.



In fact – if you look at the above image here – the yellowish orange seems to get stronger in the shadows and edges.



In the SOOC (Strait Out Of Camera) image there was some pooling of Blues and Magentas (which you will see in a moment).  The issues from the SOOC were greatly resolved by adding the warmth or yellow. But I do not want a beach that looks like a toilet or an orange model.



The islands are green here because of the trees – but even so – the atmosphere will give it an almost bluish look. This is too green.



Granted – the image is pretty like this. It is cool (blue tones) but one could get away with this as a final product. I like elevating my images to another level. I dislike blues in my whites. I think it gives the image an unfinished look. I find that the color always seems to grasp onto the shadowed areas. For myself – I see color really easily. I know without having to test it out that I would be Desaturating some Blues, Cyans, and Majentas. Maybe not completely -but some. Either I desaturate Or – I would need to bring in colors that will cancel out the hues that are bothering me.


Here you can really see the cool tones on the islands. For what I am wanting – it is too much blue. If I wanted to depict a winter scene I could easily leave it the way it is and not stress about it. She is in a positions where she is either enjoying the breeze or the warmth of the sun above – or both. When one thinks of warmth it is not a blast as in the first images. For the final product I had many layers combined and masks to isolate where adjustments were made.


(Note – My clients all know that I use PS and that I take artistic liberties. Jenny is gorgeous – as you can see. In the final edit she appears thinner. The reason is because the fabric I had wrapped her in heavily was bunched up heavily making her appear almost pregnant. I could have easily left it – but instead, I used the liquify tool to adjust that.  Some my like that some may not – It does not matter. What matters is she is happy as well as myself.)



That was meant to read – I like to add the sunlight on it’s own layer.



I did not let the shadows go black but at the same time – I ensured they were not Blue or Yellow or Red or Green.



Hahaha – I was doing horribly in typing quickly. That was to read Skin. When I played with the tones in LR I was able to adjust in such a way that the whites were neutralized beautifully. By paying attention to those areas – there was less for me to do in PS.



In fact – the layer I used for the sunlight an playing with the warmth and luminosity I was able to neutralize just enough, leaving an ever slight blue tone to the islands. Much like what you see in real life here.


In my editing flow I always produce a conversion for my clients so they can decide which they prefer best.



The colors were perfect in the final edit though so it would be my personal choice to showcase it.


Some things to note. In LR you have control with the colors. You can play with color tone. You can play with individual colors and their tones, hues, luminosity.  You also have color lens correction in LR & you have brushes where you can edit different parts of the image. The control you have is in the brush size and opacity or flow.  You can do a whole lot.

In my work flow I play some in LR but ultimately I bring it into PS because I love the layers, the masks, the ability to fine tune things so much more with blend modes, and modes – well there is nothing out there that compares. I love the overall control that PS gives me. I can tweak the whole image or just small areas.

Well there you go. I just let you in my mind for a moment. Hope you enjoy and that this helps you to seek out color more effectively.  Stay tuned to some great tutorials in the near future.

(I apologize for the misspelling on the images)


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