Coloring Not Just Within the Lines

What a great many people also don’t know about digital imaging is that a large portion of it concerns color correction. One can divide working with an image’s color into three types

1. Color correction. Most items (unless they are shot in natural daylight or with a camera that will compensate for various lighting situations) will not photograph the color that they actually are. Lights may give off their own color cast. The camera actually sees some dyes as a completely different color (neutral/olives photographing as rusty red is the most common). Actually making an item the color that it truly is one of those little known uses of color correction.

2. Color enhancement. Often photographs are either too ‘flat’ (lacking in enough color and contrast) or ‘plugged up’ (darks are too dark and those dark areas will not print with any detail.

3. Reimagining the shot. Revising the mood of a shot, completely changing the color of objects within the shot, or bringing out certain features of an object.

All of these types of color correction will be subjects for later posts. In the meantime, take a look at this short video on the same aspects of using color correction in film.