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Los Angeles in Vivid Colors

Los Angeles in Vivid Colors

Los Angeles is a wonderful city to live in as a photographer.
I was determined to get to know my adopted city a lot better, so I took some time off from my freelance work as a book designer and typesetter, and set out every morning to a different part of the city, camera in hand.
I began to experiment with altering and enhancing the colors in my photographs. The result is this series of color enhanced photographs of landmark buildings and sites in Los Angeles.
These are some of my favorite photographs, and hope that you enjoy looking at photographs nearly as much as I did working on them.

 

Art District, Downtown Los Angeles

Art District, Downtown Los Angeles

West Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Beverly Hills

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles


Downtown Los Angeles, Eastern Columbia Building

Hollywood, Los Angeles Film School

Santa Monica, The Georgian Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Girls Dance Hall

University of Southern California campus, downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Santa Monica Bees

West Hollywood Swimming Pool

Los Angeles Times Building, Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo storefront

Lotus Flowers, Los Angeles

West Hollywood, Pacific Design Center

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Downtown Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Koreatown, Los Angeles, Wiltern Theatre

West Hollywood Cat in Window

Downtown Los Angeles, Ace Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Union Station

West Hollywood Gate

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach Twisted Tree

Photographs © 2017 Andrea Reider. All rights reserved.

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More Photographs Before and After They’ve Been Color Enhanced

More Photographs Before and After They’ve Been Color Enhanced

Some of these photographs are more colorized than others. I tend to approach photography as a designer after working in the field for so many years. I rarely leave a photograph untouched!!  Andrea

 

Angels Flight Railway, downtown Los Angeles

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Carousal at the Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica City Hall

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Pacific Ocean Beach, Santa Monica

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San Fernando Building Entrance, downtown Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Theatre Sign, downtown Los Angeles

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Copyright © 2016 Andrea Reider. All rights reserved.

 

Colorizing Photographs: Before and After

Colorizing Photographs: Before and After

I’m going to discuss some of the techniques I use to colorize photographs in this first of a series of articles.

In alterting the colors, my main objective is to say something new about the original photograph. Sometimes I make subtle changes and other times the alterations are radical.

I’ve begun working on colorizing a series of stock photographs from the online site www.pixabay.com. I tend to make more dramatic changes to these photographs to add a stamp of originality to the finished pieces, as in the examples that follow here:

 

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There are many ways to alter colors using Adobe Photoshop. I find that adding reds and yellows causes the most dramatic effects. But you must use a light touch, because adding too much color will cause areas of the photograph to break up and become distorted.

The most basic way to alter or adjust a photograph is with brightness and contrast. The brightness tool doesn’t change colors, it just makes them brighter or darker. I use the brightness tool much more often than the contrast tool, which tends to distort images in unwanted ways.

I almost always turn to the Hue/Saturation tool as the first stage for colorizing photographs. Saturation basically adds or subtracts red from the image. Hue is a lot of fun as it changes all of the colors in an image across the full spectrum of possible colors.

I used to use the Hue function when I was first starting out, but rarely use it now as the color changes are too dramatic and can be annoying to some viewers.

That said, these are some different versions of the same photo I altered using the Hue function. As a first step I added some red to the original photograph using the Saturation tool.

 

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That’s it for now! I’ll be back soon with more tips for colorizing photographs, including a great way to add multiple colors to black and white photos.

Andrea

 

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