May 13, 2014  •  1 Comment


Selective color is a post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color. This is usually achieved by using layers and masks in photo editing software (Photoshop,SilverFastAdobe Fireworks or The GIMP for example).




Selective coloring was very popular in wedding photography years ago. While I am sure it was used in Nature Fine Art Photography ,it was not used to the same extent. On our recent photo expedition in the Canadian Rockies I started thinking about it. I should admit that it is not a technique that I use that often unless requested by a client. The reason being is that I think it was overused and has become not a novelty but a crutch. Some photographers were using it multiple times in one wedding or event which became a "look at me" moment for the photographer and less about the client.

In nature photography I think there is really no reason to use it, although in a Fine Art Nature images I can see it being used but very judicially. But what if instead of the photographer nurturing this effect, nature uses it quite naturally as part of it's tapestry.

Here are two images one I nurtured the selective coloring one was all natures doing. Can you tell which is which?Image number one is in British Columbia at the Kootenay National Park, this was not at a marked stop, we pulled over and I photographed this image from the side of the road. Remember one image was processed as Black and White in Nik Color Efex Pro 4. The other had noise reduction, a slight exposure adjustment and sharpening performed but absolutely no coloring.



This next scene was photographed at Lake Louise, Alberta Canada in Banff National Park.


​Can you tell or guess which was nurtured and which was nature???


Linda Dodd(non-registered)
Hmm, tough call! I THINK the first one in nurtured, and the second - of the cabin - is nature. Maybe?
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