5 techniques for developing colors in your photo
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Because everyone naturally sees in color its environment, the color in photography can be completely banal and therefore unnoticed. Yet the color attracts the eye. Flowers are a perfect example: they compete in color palette and color intensity to attract insect pollinators.
So how to make the color striking to serve the emotions you’ve captured in photo?

After shooting your photo, thanks to the development tools in your mobile ou desktop application, you can make the color remarkable in 5 ways:

  1. The color of ambient light: it is developing the white balance
  2. The intensity of tints: it is developing the color saturation
  3. The attraction in color towards your subject: it is developing the selective/local saturation
  4. The harmony of colors: it is developing a color palette
  5. Or only the monochrome tones: it is developing in black and white

Before We Begin

Succeeding in making remarkable photos means successfully capturing and sharing emotions in your photos. Focused on the theory of emotions, I designed a 6-step method for learning photography first with what you feel. Development is the 5th step to achieving it, and mastering color is one of the 6 essential development techniques to be known in photography.

Photo Development: the 5th level of the creative photography pyramid to share your emotions in picture
The Development is the 5th level of my creative pyramid to share ones emotions in photography, once having mastered the capture of the Subject, the Shooting, the Composition and the Light © Amaury Descours

1. Develop The Color Of Ambient Light: The White Balance

Develop The Color of The Ambient Light To Reveal Your Emotions With The White Balance
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Find out how you can generate specific emotions by developing the white balance to affect the ambient light of your photos. Read more

2. Develop The Intensity of Tints: The Saturation

Develop Color Saturation To Direct The Emotions Of Your Photo
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Discover how you can strengthen your emotions by developing the intensity of your photos’ colors with saturation. Read more

3. Develop The Attraction In Color Towards Your Subject: The Selective/Local Saturation

Develop Selective Saturation To Support Your Emotions With Color Attraction Towards Your Subject
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Discover how you can support the emotions of your photo by increasing the attraction towards your subject through the development of selective saturation. Read more

4. Develop The Harmony Of Colors: The Color Palette

Develop The Harmony Of A Color Palette To Accentuate The Emotions Of Your Photo
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Find out how you can support emotions by stylizing the colors of your photo with the development of a color palette. Read more

5. Developing Monochrome Tones: Converting to Black and White

Develop In Black and White Your Photo To Purify Your Emotions
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Learn how black and white can deliver stronger emotions than color through black and white conversion when developing your photo. Read more

Let’s Go On Together!

Learn how to photograph with my 6-step method to make your photos first with your emotions. An intuitive approach that focus on what you are feeling, before considering any tools and techniques!

Then understand why development in photography is essential in the expression of your emotions and explore the different development techniques:

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