Visual Assignment called “Splash the Color” 3.5 Stars
“Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.”
The photo I chose to use was taken right when Spring had sprung a few years ago. So many flowers were blooming everywhere and I just had to go and take some pictures of them. These particular flowers were found in the woods in my back yard. There was probably hundreds of them all over the ground.
I’ve seen this technique used many times and I think it is a great and effective way to draw attention to the subject of the photo or draw attention to something else within the photo that the photographer finds more important than the actual subject. It’s a technique I have always wanted to try so I thought this would be the perfect assignment.
The original photo I used was filled with a good amount of color so I knew the contrast would look great in black and white, which is important when taking out all of the color from a photo. As you can see, there is a lot of distinguishable blue and green, which is perfect for switching to black and white.
After choosing a photo that would have good contrast. I opened it into Photoshop Elements 11 and selected the focal point of the picture and copied into another layer. Then I took the color from the background. Finally all I needed to do was place the layer with the colored flower on top of the black and white background and then I was done!
In this photo you can see that this particular flower is the only one in focus, everything else is blurred in the background. By changing everything else to black and white and making the focused flower the only one in color really brings attention to it.