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How-To by Jeff Sobel
Adjusting the saturation and vibrancy of an image can vastly improve your image quality. This technique is especially helpful when you want to adjust the color in the entire image, however not such a good solution for selectively adjusting color in only parts of the image. Today we’ll show you how to improve your image quality using Apple’s Aperture.
Making Selective Adjustments
Aperture provides an often overlooked tool which is great for making selective adjustments. The Dodge and Burn plugin and it can be found in the Images>Edit With> menu, seen below:
It’s a lot like sending your image to an external editor except that it’s more tightly integrated with Aperture. The name Dodge and Burn comes from the darkroom technique of using a card to dodge (lighten) or burn (darken) select areas of a photo print while it is in the chemical bath to manipulate the exposure of the photograph.
The Dodge and Burn plugin in Aperture 2 allows you to do the same thing with your mouse, without subjecting yourself to noxious chemicals. After working with Dodge & Burn you’ll quickly learn how to manipulate the color saturation in certain areas of your image while leaving other areas in their natural state (or manipulating those areas in a different way).
A friend of mine got married last year in Golden Gate Park, the setting in the park was was beautiful—the grass and trees were a vibrant green. I found that even though I had a fairly shallow depth of field that threw the background out of focus the vibrant color of the plants was distracting the eye from the important parts of the image (the bride and groom!).
To separate the bride and groom from the background, we need to reduce the saturation of the plants and people behind the subjects. Unfortunately you can’t simply reduce the saturation in the whole image because that will take away from the bride’s amazing gown. That’s where the Dodge and Burn plugin comes in…Using the Desaturate setting I ‘painted’ desaturation onto the background. This process took some time but the end results are great.
By applying the same effect to all your photos you’ll get a consistent look in all your photos—this can really tie an album together. Here’s one final example that has a similar look but was produced using a slightly different method. Instead of using the Dodge &Burn to desaturate the background in this photograph I first reduced the color by adjusting the saturation and vibrancy sliders in Aperture:
The Wonderful World of Color
Color can bring your images to life in amazing ways. By spending some time with the Dodge and Burn you’ll find it can do some pretty interesting things to your photographs. By developing your skills you can learn to create great digital images. Photography is not only a great way to capture a moment but a great way to set a mood.
Aperture is available for download from the Apple Store for $79.99
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It’s time to get on board and sail away!
Your ship has finally come in, and it will set sail this summer – August 23 – August 30, 2009! Join us the DMA on the Sea Mexican Riviera cruise. You will receive a great DMA learning experience mixed with the fun fun, luxury and beauty of a week-long cruise! Learn Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop aboard the ship. At every port stop you will have the opportunity to shoot film and photos in all the exotic vacation locations. Then get back on the ship and work with video and photographs you took!
This is in addition to all the great all-you-can-eat food, 24 room service, evening shows, spa treatments, and chocolates on your pillow! A DMA on the Sea cruise is definitely a luxurious way to get away from it all and enjoy a fun, luxurious learning experience. Cruise with a friend, family member, or co-worker. Bring a group of friends or your whole family and enjoy the experience together! Book today while space remains!
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