Last year I was fortunate to be in London for the Chelsea Flower Show which was on my sisters bucket list. Whilst I was in London I managed to go on a photography tour for about three hours. I chose Hairy Goat Photography Tour, one because I love the quirky name and secondly it had a lot of good wraps on Trip Advisor (which I use regularly when travelling anywhere).
We met at a train station not far from Westminster Abbey, The London Eye and The Thames. There were only two of us on this tour, which was fortunate for us as we got to ask more questions and have more hands on tuition from Corinna (the owner).
As per usual London weather, it was overcast so not the best day for photography but still we were learning new techniques.
I had never really used a slow shutter speed at this stage and especially without a tripod. We were taught to use anything available as support and as per above photo I had to bend down and put my camera on a barricade. Although its not my best shot by far it was the starting point of my interest back into photography and creating different types of photos. I highly recommend a photo tour when you are travelling overseas if you are a keen photographer as they have some great tips and know the best places to go.
I had a lot of overexposure of the sky which was difficult to adjust for whilst trying to capture the speed during the early afternoon. Yes I should of had a polariser and neutral density filter with me to help but wasn’t to be on this day. Im not a whiz at Photoshop or Lightroom but do my best. I decided to change my feature image to B&W and keep the bus coloured to create drama.
For anyone not sure what to do to make a black and white photo with a piece of colour (in Photoshop) please read below: (If you are a Photoshop pro, then thank you for your patience and please excuse my rudimentary skills).
- Use your select tool and outline the area you want to be left in colour.
- Then go to Select Tab and press Inverse. This then selects everything else other than your desired area.
- Select Image, then Adjustments, press Black and white. Viola!
Once this is done everything else except the area you originally selected will be in black and white.
I hope this works for you! Would love to see some examples if anyone has one of B&W photo with a burst of colour.
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