Fireworks – edited using Color Range feature

It’s been weeks since my last blog post! RAW photos from the shoots I did are eating more and more of my SD cards’ physical space and I just don’t have time to touch them since I was so busy for Mid-Autumn festival.

Anyway, I was able to post process one. This is taken during Singapore’s National Day rehearsal. Yes, it was way before I went to Ho Chi Minh.  I won’t forget that shoot wherein after a tiring shift, I ran from Marina Bay Sands Hotel to Fullerton Bay to the catch the fireworks display rehearsals. My mentor was trying to do a time-lapse of the fireworks while I was busy standing my antique Nikon D40 on the fences, set the camera timer on and waited for every pop of fireworks.

There is nothing special with the photo, though I consider this as my first decent fireworks shot. I only have one lens which is Tamron 18-270mm which is not a wide angle lens; I have no special filter and like what I mentioned on how I took the photo no tripod.

Here’s the original photo I took.

Fireworks during NDP rehearsals

And below is the one I post processed in Photoshop. There is no much difference between the two photos but when you stare at them properly you can sense that they’re giving a different feel and it’s all because of the color. In below edited photo, you can see that the only thing with color is the fireworks while everything else is in dark tone of Sepia.

post processed photo of Fireworks during NDP rehearsals

So how did I do this? This is with the use of Color Range feature in Photoshop and you can follow below steps:

  1. Open the photo in Photoshop, click on Select menu and choose Color Range.
  2. You will see a Select drop down box. Since the firework is not specifically red in color, just pick Sample Colors. By doing so, range of color red will be selected.Make the fuzziness value higher to include more similar tones of color.
  3. Since I only want the firework to be the one with color, tick on the invert check box then press OK.
  4. To turn everything to Sepia, I add an adjustment layer of Hue/Saturation and choose Sepia from Hue and Saturation drop down box. Voila!

Well, this is just a simple one since I don’t do too much of post processing. Until my next blog post.

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