Last summer I was trying to spice up my scrapbooks by shooting our vacation photos in black and white. Long story short, doing so made our trip pics look blah. Fortunately, I was able to salvage a bunch of my images by using photo editing software to add pops of color to the prints.
You might know the technique as color splash photography. It’s all the rage right now and does a nice job of adding pizzazz to ordinary shots. The technique allows you to manipulate shades and tones to add drama and intrigue to a variety of photos. Whereas I used the method to add splashes of color to black and white photographs, you could also convert portions of traditional color snapshots to black and white.
If you are interested in experimenting with color splash photography I would recommend doing so on one of the following software programs:
Photoshop: There is very little this program cannot do. As far as color splash is concerned, you won’t be able to find a more comprehensive package.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): The program offers decent color splash effects, though it is not as fancy as Photoshop.
Photobucket: This easy-to-use photo sharing website allows you to add splashes of color to images, and then share them with your inner circle.
Picnik: This popular Google-owned site lets you edit all your photos online and add color splash effects with a simple click of a mouse.
Regardless of which of the aforementioned programs you use, the results are similar. You are basically highlighting certain parts of an image to make them pop. Just remember not to go too overboard when you are first starting out. Beginners should choose a simple photo that can benefit from a couple of splashes of color.