Whether you call it selective colour or selective desaturation, selective colour in black and white photography often seems to get a bad rap.
Selective colour is one of many photographic cliches that some photographers think is a practice that should be stopped straight away.
However as long as photography is regarded as an art form, and its appreciation or otherwise is therefore subjective, then I believe there is a place for colour highlights in black and white photography. Besides, as the saying goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder“.
I have to say that I quite like the effect, except when the colourised parts are garish which can tend, in my view to make an image look amateurish. Again – that is purely subjective.
So I decided to give it a go so spent some time trolling through my photo archives finding images that I thought would suit the selective colour genre.
What follows is a small collection of black and white images – all of which started out as colour images – in which I have indulged myself and introduced, in hopefully a somewhat subtle manner, some highlights, or accents, of selective colour.
This final image in the series is one in which I have (in my opinion) deliberately overdone the saturation and vibrancy of the selective colourisation – an effect that doesn’t sit very comfortably with me.
All of the images above were processed in DxO Photolab 4 then taken into Nik Silver Efex Pro where the selective colour (colour accents) were applied using control points.