I have been struggling with colour balance and would like some comments. You guys helped me previously with invaluable assistance. Thanks. Corey

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Comment by Corey van der Laan on June 5, 2013 at 20:43

I photographed my painting and what a difference. I had A look at my ISO setting - it was set to 800 - silly me. Changed it to ISO 100 and immediately the colours livened up. So I will experiment some more and place a new shot on the forum. Cheers 

Comment by Betsy Jenkins on June 3, 2013 at 1:00

There's a video about how to take pictures in the workshop section. Basically, you want even lighting on the picture and a very good exposure setting on you camera.

Comment by deb hill on June 3, 2013 at 0:11

Getting a good photo is hard. There is a YouTube demo of how to do it but it is a bit of a set up. I have discovered that I get the best result shooting inside with natural light and on PolyView, then brightening and sometimes boosting the contrast a little to get the paintings look more like the real thing. I have tried outside and using lighting, but they have not worked as well as tweaking after an indoor shoot. I do know that you cannot use a flash!!!

Comment by Corey van der Laan on June 2, 2013 at 17:59

Hi Debs, No it took quite a while longer. I wish I could paint this scene in 10 minutes. Thanks for the comment. Maybe somebody can tell me how to get a truly good photograph in the studio, my colours always seem washed out.

Comment by Corey van der Laan on June 2, 2013 at 17:54

I take on board everything you have said. You are right in mentioning Europe, my reference picture is of a market in Den Haag in Holland. I like the idea of using complimentary colours, simply because I hadn't thought that far. mmmm ... I had the lavender on the roof cos the sky was a watered down lemon colour ( a bit blotched out by my lighting) The foreground colour was experimental and that's where I got stuck. I will definitely take the advice on the soft lines in the distances and sharp in the foreground. It makes sense.

I have no problem with harsh criticism, so don't worry. It all helps and furthers my abilities.

Thanks betsy

Comment by Betsy Jenkins on June 2, 2013 at 6:48
A perusal of my work will quickly tell you that I am no expert, so take this advice with a grain of salt:

Things get grayer and less bright the farther away they are. So gray down that lavender roof in the distance. You might even try changing it to a very muted green-blue, since it is up against a red orange roof.

I cant tell what color your far buildings or pavement are...there's hotspot from your photo light source in the top center right, which is making the rest of the photo dim on my monitor screen. But they should not be white or flat color (unless that is your intention).. they will be tinted with or have notes of the sky color and have notes of reflected color from things nearby.

Edges and lines get softer in the distance and harder up close...so check edges and compare them to other edges/lines in the picture. I have a problem with making everything crisp, near or far...

I hope you don't think I have been brutal here..but i feel like most of us here really want to hear what we can do to get better, and all too often we keep silent so as not tohurt peoples feelings. I know I am desperate for help, so I offer you my humble opinion in the spirit of love and care for a fellow artist on this arduous path to excellence. I hope this helps. please get other's views as well. artmaking is a personal expression and what one person deems as "right" may not be right for another artist.

Please do post any altered image. you've made me want to go back to Europe and enjoy a stroll through a timeless village like the one you've depicted.
Comment by deb hill on June 2, 2013 at 1:58

I will just say that you are amazing! Guess this took you 10 minutes or so....LOL! As for balance, I try to remember that your eyes go to light and bright, intensities.

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