As I mentioned in the previous post, the costumes and characters of Hello Dolly inspired me to seek a look somewhere between hand-tinted black and white and faded color. My experiments resulted in pictures that might really stand out in a newspaper, because the colors are almost right, yet obviously wrong.
As this is the premier blog for lazy, impatient, disorganized photographers, you will be pleased to hear that once I came up with the “formula,” the manipulations were not difficult or particularly time-consuming. All of the manipulations were achieved with standard features of Apple Aperture. Although each image requires individual tweaking of levels, the main effect is achieved by adding a mild sepia tone to the entire image, cranking up the “vibrancy” control, and then, in most cases, adding a big, dark vignette effect around the corners of the photo.
Naturally, the images have to be lit and posed well, and we need to capture inherently interesting expressions, too. But I find this color treatment both flattering and compelling.