How to take fresh and cool photos

In the hot summer, a group of fresh photos will make people feel cool. Try it if you don’t believe me! Now let’s share some personal[Pre and post experience]You can also cool your eyes by taking photos!

1、 Select the main body color

Simple colors

Photography is subtraction. Whether it’s the object, light or color included in the picture, the simpler it is, the more prominent the subject is. The more people can understand what the photographer wants to express. In this picture, there are only three simple colors, yellow, green and brown. Choose green as the main color to reflect the fresh theme. The more simple it is to choose a simple color for later tinting.

Color relationship

In my previous works, I have repeatedly used the collocation of adjacent colors to reflect the fresh theme, and then used a small amount of contrast colors to make the picture active. For example, the red ribbon and orange goldfish in this group of photos bring vitality to the picture.

2、 Use light to make photos layered

The photo with light and shadow will make people feel layered, which means the tone of the photo. This photo was taken on the table next to the window. The reason why it should be taken next to the window is that the first is to have good light, and the second is to form a contrast, so that the photo has layers. When there is direct sunlight at the window, the light ratio is strong, which can use the screen curtain to block part of the light, playing a soft light effect.

In the above contrast photos, the following two pictures were taken on a cloudy day. The level of the picture is obviously not as good as the above two pictures, and the color is obviously much darker.

3、 Selection of equipment

shotlike a breath of fresh airClass I still life does not require high equipment. SLR, micro single and film machine can take pictures. The main thing is to use a fixed focus lens with a large aperture. Taking pictures with a large aperture lens can create a good atmosphere and create a sense of hierarchy. My commonly used lenses are Minolta 58mm f/1.2 (manual lens) and Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G. The cameras are Sony A7M2, Nikon D750 and Minolta X700. The aperture value is between 1.2-2.2. The shooting mode uses the aperture priority mode.

4、 Now let’s talk about the later stage

A well prepared photo in the early stage must have few components in the later stage, and the difference is not significant. This photo is mainly intended to present a fresh feeling, so the post adjustment should be carried out around this theme. Having a main color direction can make your color mixing more organized and will not be blind. First, look at the contrast pictures before and after color mixing.

(1)Adjust the color temperature and hue to make the picture fresh, which must not make the picture yellow or reddish. Therefore, adjust the color temperature as needed to pull the color temperature in the direction of cold tone, and adjust the hue appropriately in the direction of cold tone.

(2)Adjust the exposure, contrast, highlight and shadow appropriately according to the tone of the photo. The specific adjustment is determined according to your own photo. There are no fixed parameters.

Comparison photos before and after adjustment

(3)Tone curve, especially if the highlight is adjusted greatly in the basic color palette, the highlight part in the RGB channel should be adjusted slightly or not. If both methods of darkening highlight are used, the picture will have no texture and a gray piece. The adjustment parameters are shown in the figure:

Comparison photos before and after adjustment

(4)The adjustment of color, because there are few colors in the picture, and the main color is green, so I only adjusted green and light green in the hue. I still focused on a theme to make the picture fresh, green a little more, and reduce yellow. The adjustment of saturation and lightness also focused on green.

Comparison photos before and after adjustment

(5)Tone separation, or around the fresh theme, highlights plus green, in order to balance the picture, the dark part of the appropriate yellow.

Comparison photos before and after adjustment

(6)Next is sharpening. The sharpening of photos is also important. Proper sharpening will increase the texture of the picture. Press and hold the Alt key to drag the mask slider, and select the range to sharpen. As shown in the figure, the white part is the sharpened part.

(7)Camera calibration, increasing the blue saturation can increase the details of dark parts.

Comparison photos before and after adjustment

In fact, the late stage of this style is very simple, and it is only carried out in LR. I hope that the content shared will enable you to take fresh summer photos! Experience sharing, where there are objections, welcome to exchange,