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How to Edit Colour and Create your own Style

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Sean Tucker (11 months ago)
Some of you have expressed disappointment with this idea of colour consistency, even suggesting that this is 'killing photography'. I hear what you're saying, but you might be missing the point. I think you're confusing a 'subtle colour theme' with 'homogeneity'. I thought it was too obvious to say, but maybe not. YOUR IMAGES SHOULDN'T LACK VARIETY, EITHER IN SUBJECT MATTER OR COLOUR PALETTE, OR PEOPLE WILL GET BORED. This isn't an 'either, or' issue. You can absolutely have all the variety you want in your shots, and still pull a subtle colour theme through in your processing. But editing colour should never remove the individuality of the image. If it does, you've messed up. However stepping back and seeing a subtle theme to the work, like old school photography had with photographers who shot with one particular favourite film stock (McCurry and Kodachrome for example), will give the work a style, as much as the subjects you choose, or the methodology for capturing the images. If that's not for you, that's fine. If you think it's wrong, then avoid it. But I think however that if you look at the photographers you respect they are all pulling through some sort of theme to their core work, to a greater or lesser degree. Maybe there is something to learn from them? I also wouldn't say this is a moral issue, and personally I don't think consistency in your work is a bad thing. You wouldn't accuse Rembrandt of 'having too much brown' in his portraits, or 'killing painting' because his work had a colour consistency. I'm sure when he went outside to paint landscapes his palette changed but his work in the portrait space had a consistency to it. A look which people knew him for and sought him out to deliver. Perhaps I'm speaking more here to people trying to build a portfolio in a specific space. It shouldn't be a rule for you, and it should never kill creativity. Remember this is just free advice which you are equally free to ignore. Ultimately, the simple answer is, do what you want. I think I'm offering my opinion from what I've seen as a professional photographer in the digital age with some understanding of what clients are looking for, but you're right. If you're just shooting for yourself for the expression of it, don't let anyone give you rules. Do whatever you want. Genuinely.
Alex Christensen (1 month ago)
This is exactly what I've been looking for, cheers Sean. If you have or know of where to find anymore content on the following id love to see it ✌
Alroy Ndhlovu (3 months ago)
I appreciate consistency. I use that mainly on my personal Instagram but on my commercial portfolio I edit as per the project. I edit for style and emotion. Just like every movie has its own emotion and pace (and the relavant colors) I think photography is like that. I look at every image as its own individual entity. But this video helped a lot.
Lafayette Hicks (5 months ago)
Sean Tucker look bruh, your doing a great service to a lot. I’m kinda over you apologizing to haters. Keep doing your thing! Btw, where can I find additional information in editing color in this method? Is their a name for this technique?
Marc Chan (7 months ago)
Sean Tucker Can you include one tutorial for andorid in every single video since some of us dont know what to do with those photos and android apps
Malena Perdomo (9 hours ago)
Thank you so much Sean! I learned so much!
Sean Tucker (2 hours ago)
You’re welcome:)
iz ib (22 hours ago)
Amazing
Jonny F (2 days ago)
Sean, thank youso much. You helped me quite out! It was literally the big thing I was thinking about the last few days!
C S (3 days ago)
polarr is the only app that I know of with hsl for free
Marcelo Gori (4 days ago)
For someone who does not see well to the colors you see better than most of us!!!!! Definitely Sean is a shining star!!!!! Thanks so much for another great video!!!!
Sean Tucker (4 days ago)
Thanks buddy
I'm Chris Luke (5 days ago)
This is a bit like music where it isn’t always about the notes you play, but more about when you DON’T play - the rests and space created to accentuate what you do play. Cool! Thanks for this one.
Antonio Ballesta (7 days ago)
You just changed my life and I’m sure that you didn’t notice, thank you
Sean Tucker (7 days ago)
Thank Antonio:)
Michael White (11 days ago)
Fantastic video!
EOS picturez (14 days ago)
Love it
Suzanne Tourtillott (17 days ago)
Holy moly! Talking through your color-editing choices and process on Halide was FANTASTIC! I love it! Thank you!
Eric Tai Chi Loong (17 days ago)
Great tutorial! Really enlightened me to find my own colour palette!
Alsalim Photography (20 days ago)
Thank you for making this video. It will definitely help me with my work.
Alsalim Photography (20 days ago)
I like your videos, and this one is one of my favourite!
Matteo Crema (21 days ago)
You remind me of a young Brian Adams!
Moris Zoghby (21 days ago)
This helped a lot! The only person that explained it right
Seth Payseur (23 days ago)
Excellent examples Tuck! Really brought home the importance of focusing on and truly learning color science as a photographer and videographer alike. And furthermore, what I want my personal style to be. It’s sorta sucks sometimes to have to limit oneself to one style, but in a business sense it makes sense. From a creative and expressive sense, I feel one should be able to do whatever they want, if it’s purposeful. I know this sort of goes against a lot of the social media trends these days, but maybe it doesn’t. Your thoughts?
Sean Tucker (23 days ago)
Seth Payseur read my pinned comment mate. Those are my thoughts.
Amy Lozy (23 days ago)
You, sir, are a genius! Thank you for teaching me something that I had been looking for for so long in such a simple way!! THANK YOU!!!!
onelawoman (26 days ago)
Thank you so much for this insightful video. I’m new to photography and editing and this really broke it down clearly. Appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
rucy lee (26 days ago)
That helped a lottttt!!!! Thank you !
Felipe Cervantes (1 month ago)
Thanks for the video! I like the simplicity you explain, everybody need take his decision about how they gonna look they final work, the concept of your video it's a option to make his own style (a part of the equation of course). Thanks again!
Benjamin Weser (1 month ago)
So much value in your videos. I learned alot ! Thank you so much !!!!
Felix Wittmann (1 month ago)
BRILLIANT video!
Dakyner ™ (1 month ago)
the one picture with the surfers at the end is the "eisbach" in munich ^^
Brahim Braham (1 month ago)
This is really helpful,im still having difficult to find my looks,but with this video i wll try more,thank you 😊
Roshan Verma (1 month ago)
Really nice and explanatory. Thank you.
Marko Beg (1 month ago)
Thank you for the advice. It makes perfect sense to "uniform" one entire batch of photos.
haro82 (1 month ago)
Good points in this video, but I'd think it ultimately depends on what you're shooting. I do a lot of landscapes. If you're shooting a place like Zion, it's easy to go for the yellows, reds, browns, etc. Same for most other desert scenarios. If you're shooting a place like Glacier in Montana though, you're likely going to go for blues, greens etc.
Bruno Sobral (1 month ago)
Sean, I have been watching your videos and they are really instructive ans illustrative. Cheers from London 👍🏻
Akshay Joshi (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot Sean. Great advice with good examples.
Lars-Gunnar Bergquist (1 month ago)
Great tips Sean, thank you!
pishon george (1 month ago)
awesome video ...
robbana noussaiba (1 month ago)
Precious informations !! That helps me organize things in my head :D Thanks
Alexander Richter (1 month ago)
What an awesome production value, on the point and the mix of BW and color looks fantastic! Wow!
anuj upreti (1 month ago)
Really good video 👏👏👏
Hopey Rain (2 months ago)
Thank you!
The Freelancer (2 months ago)
Sean, you are a true gentlemen for sharing this content. So complete, so thought trough, and it taught me a lot! As a designer I always care about consistency, but as I just "joined" photography, I was wondering how those amazing photographers could build such a consistent instagram grid, and this video explains exactly how :D Thank you very much for the explanations/lesson.
Paul McConkey (2 months ago)
Thank you, Sean! Your so honest and a great mentor. I followed your last tutorial to great effect. Love your work thank you honestly again.
Omar Sherief (2 months ago)
Subscribed, You are awesome
camera clicker (2 months ago)
So I really wanna get a consistent look on my Instagram. Okay. So I follow your steps and edit them all the same way. But what if I don't want every picture to look like the one before. If I shoot a festival I want my image to be more warm and saturated, but if I shoot a model in the winter I need more blue ore even black and white
Sean Tucker (2 months ago)
It sounds like you're asking me how to be consistent without being consistent. I also think you have confused consistency with homogeneity. Look at your favourite Instagram accounts and see what they're doing, even when they are shooting totally different subjects, what is the commonality? What makes their images look like their style? ...and at the end of the day is you don't like the idea of consistency... don't do it.
Nicolas von Normann (2 months ago)
Very true and inspiring
DhiMaN Rc13 (2 months ago)
after 3 years finally i have some clear idea about colors thank you so much sir
Happy Hardcore (2 months ago)
Blabs about colour - shoots in black&white /facepalm
sivan nanthiran (2 months ago)
Great video!!
Sacrafornia capital (2 months ago)
Very helpful. Subscribed :)
Lennin Leon (2 months ago)
Thanks! Greaaat video!
Franklin Michael (2 months ago)
Great video 👌🏼, the final product was really consistent, thanks! Oh and I really liked the shot of the church at 16:02 , most shots of spaces like those tend to feel claustrophobic yet yours feel s very natural, what focal length did you shoot it at?
Geoffrey (2 months ago)
Best instructionals on here, depth of explanation rather than coverage. I’m a super critical (mostly of myself) perfectionist too so I get you
Niraj Chitalia (2 months ago)
Sean you are simply generous in sharing your knowledge. You are giving the right kind of pointers right from your very first video on product shoots that I had watched like 2 years ago. Watching your video helps one get the concept right. Great work!
Alex Blake (2 months ago)
Brilliant video, really well explained. Definitely something I want to put a lot more time into getting right.
Jim Constant (2 months ago)
I didn't know the first thing about color editing and how to think through the process. This is such a great primer on the topic, Sean. Thank you for making this video.
Hugonator (2 months ago)
Cool video editing ^^
Jez Lerman (2 months ago)
Thank you for the clear instruction and explanation. Wow. I'm sitting here gobsmacked.
廖可微 (2 months ago)
It really useful!!!!! Thanks:)
Ben Harris (3 months ago)
I've needed something exactly like this for a while. Well done sir, new sub right here!
Carlos Suarez (3 months ago)
Really enjoy your work and your tutorials! great work! :)
carlo b carlos (3 months ago)
I think you shared a wonderful idea here. And i thank you for it.
Daniel Laqua (3 months ago)
Wonderful video with very useful tips! Thanks for sharing!
Jason Gutierrez (3 months ago)
Thank you so much! Great advice
Finlandiya Rehberim (3 months ago)
I am a bit dissapointed of this video to be honest. I know why color consistency is important and I was genuinely interested in finding my own editing style, how to decide on my style. I was expecting more philosophical approach from you as you happen to have that approach and tell how can one create his own style. I had seen many videos that do replicating of other photographer's one or few photos and you had pretty similar full workflow showcase but it doesn't or didn't help me yet to understand what to do with my own photos because I don't wanna copy any of the examples but create and find my own. It would be more beneficial maybe to see how different type of images-feelings are created, which sections of lightroom - editing software helps to achieve the consistency and how each part affects the photography. There's no one really telling about the effects of those moves, how they influence the feeling and how to combine them all or how all together different parts create the effect in the end. For example, analyzing - reading photos would be nice too, just saying this photo has strong greens and you can do that by these sliders, then move to that mars orange colors, then show some moody, show some more examples like these. I would appreciate and watch such video maybe for one hour to understand whole thing. I don't harshly wanna say this video was useless, it is pretty nice for many beginners to understand why color consistency is important and for those who struggle like me getting into editing side of photography to find their unique style. but but..needs improvement from my point, wasn't what I expected from you.
Yi Ge (3 months ago)
Thank you so so much! Your videos are very inspiring, I learned a lot!
Kim Marquez (3 months ago)
Hi Sean. Very good simple tutorial. Do you ever use split toning?
Fellipe Rodrigues (3 months ago)
You're amazing. complex made simple. I feel like this is the video I've been searching for!
D'Hiet Alexander (3 months ago)
I would rather think that consistency in colour, mood ,theme and what not, even though it looks really good indeed on a instagram portfolio or any portfolio it could mean a serious limit on your developing as a photographer to? maybe you mean more as what you show to the people should have the same consistency rather then your work in general. but as always ,great video!
gspz (3 months ago)
Great content. Thanks Sean.
Noel hurley (3 months ago)
Brilliant tutorial Sean, clear and concise, just what i needed as my photo pages are a bit all over the place. I really like the idea of a consistent look to images, it looks so proffessional, i love how you can tell who's shot it is just by the thumbnail, keep up the good work. You continue to inspire me and a lot of other people.
Jack Chow (3 months ago)
Thank you for teaching me the confusing HSL !
ZZZ (3 months ago)
Polarr is amazing! I use it all the time
John P (3 months ago)
Another amazing video, much appreciated.
Yousif TUT (3 months ago)
that was awesome ♥
Go Go (3 months ago)
Amazing, thank you so much! :)
Bob Saget (3 months ago)
This video is brilliant! I watch it every couple of months as a reminder
Hasan Moula (3 months ago)
Thank you very much. This video helps me lot. thanks....*
Michael Nguyen (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for this! I also suffer from the same condition as you and hearing you talk about it gave me confidence to shoot more
Rock Cheung (3 months ago)
Excellent video! Very good demonstration on the color edit with clear explanation on what you're doing! Thank you!
Devin Pittman (3 months ago)
Great video. Been looking for my style but wasn’t sure how to get there.
Monterrey Nuevoleon (3 months ago)
Sean is an amazing dude way to bring some artistic feel to photography my opinion really going to take more time and review all his vids thanks bro !!!
Hani Qassim (3 months ago)
This video changed my view on my photography. You're videos are deep, genuine, and focused. You're awesome Sean !! Thank you !!!
Leidy Lester (3 months ago)
you make this so easy for me to understand Thanks.
Adam Isfendiyar (3 months ago)
just what I was looking for. Thanks!
Your channel is teaching me a lot. Thank you. I'm not colour blind but I am almost blind. I can relate to this feeling of "I'm posting crap and I can't see it," adding up with "and no one is going to tell me because of sympathy." But I have to do it anyway. Photography helps me to see the smaller details later and remember better all the places I have been to. It's nice to notice a photographer who is not just shooting because of money and shallow beauty. You really go deeper than that and I appreciate it very much.
azka mf. (3 months ago)
You teach me alottt
Photo Nerd (3 months ago)
0:50 there are now glasses to "cure" color blindness. Enchroma glasses.
Feather and the Wind (4 months ago)
First time I've ever heard someone talk about the colors you don't want. That really helps. Thanks
SchleimigerSchleim (4 months ago)
Amazing! <3
Davide Dinoi (4 months ago)
This video is the answare to the most important questions about colors in my photo. Probably one of the best YouTube video I ever saw. Hugs from south Italy
Jorge Garrido (4 months ago)
Thanks for share! And very nice quality of your videos and images. Maybe you can take a look on my Instagram account @drcalavera
Herman Pay (4 months ago)
This is the first time that I run into a Youtube channel with black and white as the A roll color. It looks very professional and relaxing actually. You brought me a totally different perspective for the color correction and everything that is related to the visible and invisible color in photos and movies. I can surely appreciate movies more in the future. Thank you very much. I hit the bell and subbed. Hope to learn more from you.
Joyce (4 months ago)
on a side note, i find you so sexy.
Thomas Hammer (4 months ago)
Wow! This was the most useful editing tutorial I’ve seen on YouTube. MUCH appreciated.
rpieranti (4 months ago)
Excelent vídeo ! It is good to follow you ...congratulations... tks for sharing your knowlodge
Schattenboxen NET (4 months ago)
Your Videos are so amazing and helpful. I improve drastically my photoediting skills. Its easy to understand with your examples. Please keep doing!!!
Ian (4 months ago)
Very insightful. Thank you.
Javavlog (4 months ago)
brilliant!!
Stanley Atsulu (4 months ago)
You're search an inspiration!
FoudaQ (4 months ago)
Thank you so much!! Because of this video I started my own Style and I think it's gonna help me a lot
Paul Michael James (4 months ago)
I'm colour blind as well so this is very comforting to know that I'm not alone in this struggle. I'm still trying to figure out my theme on my insta @514paul613 because I like very different colour themes equally. From cooler to warmer. For me it's whatever works for the shot I took and I shoot a variety en genres. I do agree though that for professional reasons or to grow your insta to a high level, the one theme rule is kind of a must but for now I'm still happy ignoring it lol. Some of the things you taught will help me with my colour blindness but I sure could use a cheat sheet!
Katherine Contreras (4 months ago)
Wow thank you i love this video and your help
Myro F. Gasaraisum (4 months ago)
this is exactly the kind of advice i was looking for! thank you so much! seeing how you edited very different images to have a consistent color theme was super useful :)
To The Trail (4 months ago)
Wow! Super obvious but something I've missed entirely until now. So helpful! Thanks a lot.

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