Where red cars look better white or black.
The other day I did some HDR (high dynamic range) shots of this 2013 Dodge Charger SRT for Auto Imaging at Lake Johnson.
When I started editing those photos, I didn’t love the results. I was using a combination of Photomatix Pro (to merge and adjust the five exposures) and Adobe Lightroom 4 (to adjust settings of the composite image). Once in Lightroom, the image didn’t have the pop and intensity I was looking for.
Since the color wasn’t doing what I wanted it to, I got rid of it. I made a virtual copy of the image and started going extreme with my settings. I clicked the “Black & White” button and started adjusting the B&W Mix. I thought, “It’s all digital, let’s see what happens if I move each color slider from one extreme to another?”
I moved the Red Slider to +100 and the red became white…Hmm, that looks pretty cool! I began tweaking from there to make the white look best. Below is the final product.
Then while writing this post, I went back to Lightroom to check which settings I adjusted, and took the Red Slider to -100…The car turned black and looked SICK! So I created another virtual copy and tweaked it to look best as a black car. Below is that completed image.
You never know what your final image could look like until try something crazy, so give it a shot and share with me what you create!