Color Toning

Sometimes images just need an extra layer of color correcting...or adding. The shots we took on this beach just did not seem to pop, and I felt they need to look more classically nautical. Here's a brief breakdown of the process in color correcting. 

As you can see, the original image left alot to be desired, color wise. The vintage tones and overall yellow weren't present originally. 

For starters, I neutralized the blue tones using Photoshop's "Color Balance" adjustment. Sliding the shadows and midtones over to a more blue tone to set a dark blue base underneath a yellow highlighted look. 

From there, playing around with the exposure offset gave a nice vintage look by blowing out the blacks and bringing the overall brightness to an equalized state. 

A large yellow radial gradient was placed on the right side of the image, where the sunlight was coming from to enhance the yellow light that was present in person, but not on camera. 

Deciding the shadows weren't quite dark enough, a bright blue gradient map was added and then reduced to a very low opacity, and set to multiply. This brought back some of the shadows, but kept them in the blue range as opposed to using levels or curves which would just keep a non-saturated tone. 

Finally, a few yellow color filters, a vibrance enhancer, and curves layers were added to make the colors pop a bit more, and up the overall contrast. 

As you can see by some of the adjustments used, the effects are pretty big, but the actual settings are very subtle.