Post # 1
I haven’t seen it around too much, but while I was going through my spam I noticed a photographers email signature:
“Photographers who know how to do selective color properly don’t.”
I laughed and Mr. Tattoo (graphic designer) agrees. He said that selective coloring is dated and if he does it for someone, it doesn’t go into his portfolio.
That lead me to google! Apparently it’s a 50/50 split. Some photographers like it while others think it’s tacky.
So do you like selective coloring in your photos? Usually with bridal I see the ones where the bride is standing with her flowers and everything is black and white expect for the bouquet.
Post # 3
@Miss Tattoo: There are certain cliche shots where selective coloring is dated. It’s dated because it’s one of the first “cutting edge” techniques to be used even before digital got popular. When I see the bouquet’s in color and the rest of the picture in back and white, it screams 90’s to me. However I do see images with selective coloring that really work and are nice. To say it’s ALL dated in my opinion is an ignorant statement.
Post # 4
I think they do selective color as a way to make up for their non-creative skills. There are so many other ways to position the subjects to make them stand out in a photograph without using selective coloring. I think thats the easy way out. Heck, even point and shoot cameras these days come with a feature for selective color, so if your a photographer shooting my wedding, I would expect something a little more from you then selective color which I could just do myself.
my two cents 🙂
Post # 5
it reminds me of Schindlers List (the little girl). I wont use it in wedding pictures
Post # 6
I hate selective color. I think it looks super cheesy. I’m not a photographer, but I think there’s better ways to put the focus on something.
Post # 8
I’m not personally a fan.
It reminds me of the teenagers I used to work with. They loved doing selective coloring in their facebook photos. You know, the albums that have a bunch of duck lips, wayyyy blurry edges, selective coloring and writing on all the photos with horrible spelling and random capitalization.
Post # 9
I think it looks dated, but I don’t mind dated. I mean…all wedding photos will become dated at some point…which is actually a part of what I like about looking at old wedding photos. I wouldn’t mind a shot of my bouquet (bright pink, orange, and green) and shoes (which will be turquoise) in color while everything else is black and white. I wouldn’t want a whole lot of photos like that…but I wouldn’t mind a couple.
Post # 10
Yeah, I am not a fan at all. It seems a little dated to me.
Post # 11
I’m a photographer myself and HATE selective color. to each their own though. I just find it tacky. I was emailing possible photographers for my own wedding. Inside the email, I explained that I, myself was a photographer. One girl emailed me back saying that she had looked up my website and breathed a sigh of relief when I didn’t have selective color in my portfolio. That definitely made me laugh.
Post # 12
Not at all! Looks cheesy.
Post # 13
I hate it. Think it makes photos look like the myspace pics of a 14 year old.
Post # 14
I like it. But I like things that look vintage, and to me it looks vintage. My parents who were married almost 50 years ago have pictures where color was added to their B&W wedding photos, and I love those photos. So there’s no way that I think ’90s when I see it, because they were doing it even back in the ’60s.
Post # 15
I think in most cases, it screams “I’m a budget photographer who has to use Photoshop tricks to make my photos interesting!!!”
Post # 16
Yep, it’s cheesy. I think there’s maybe 1 picture in 500 where I think it looks remotely good. To me it’s like using those horrible filters in photoshop like posterize, it can be vaguely useful to do certain things but mostly it’s just annoying to see so many people use them seriously. bleh!