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Mobile Photo Challenge Week 10 – Editing for A Pop or Splash of Colour

How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
Picsart Colour Splash effect, black and white, followed by light sepia for the monochrome portions.

It is easy to assume that selective colouring, as a technique,  should be used to accentuate a photo by giving it a pop of colour. This means most of the photo remains as black and white or some other monochrome of a consistent tint, so that the one coloured area/subject of that photo becomes the focus of the photo.

Selective color is a post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color…  The selective color technique emphasizes parts of the photo and draws more attention to the subject.

The subject impresses if it’s something eye-catching standing out of the sea of monochrome, like a glowing jewel in the ocean.

How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
PicsArt Coloursplash effect, photo further tinted in VSCOcam to give the monochrome portions a blue tone
How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
PicsArt Colour Splash, with further colour adjustment in Snapseed

But then again, sometimes we like to take a closer look at some of our subjects and they could take up much of the frame. And so we could end up with a sweep of colour, not just a pop. And I think that’s fine too ;) Helps you focus on the colourful subject and helping the background to recede… further into the background ;)

It’s actually a pretty useful tool when you don’t have specialised lens to render a busy background into gentle bokeh that your subject can stand out from.

How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
PicsArt Colour Splash, further adjustment in VSCOcam to warm up the monochrome. How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
PicsArt Colour Splash effect, monochrome colour adjusted in VSCOcam.How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
Picsart Colour Splash effect, green colour

And perhaps in some cases, the colour or lack of it helps differentiate the still from the moving -how the leaves move in the wind, how the duckweed ripples on the water.

Black and white helps create a kind of stillness in the picture, and coloursplash lets you show the viewer the subject in it’s original colour and it’s spatial relationship with the background. The challenge is to find the visual harmony between the two.

How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
PicsArt Colour Splash Effect, temple detail


snappy happy photo challenge logo black and whiteWelcome back to Week 10 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet ;)

This challenge asks you to (1) share a good photo that you took or edited last week, (2) run it through a photo app on your smartphone or mobile device and share with us the result. This week we are back to the theme of Colour and we encourage you to explore creating photos with a pop of colour or more than a splash of colour. It’s all up to you!

Let’s look at the Colour Splash function in some apps, shall we?


Camera360

Before when I was using the iPhone, I was pretty happy with Camera360‘s options for black and white with a pop of colour. Mainly because it offers an easy one tap and you’re done solution :P

There were two sections you can go to do this, unfortunately, I am unable to provide the screenshots since I no longer have an iPhone. So fiddle with your iPhone abit and you should be able to find these two sections that let you determine the primary colour you want to colour your subject appear in your black and white.

In my case, I chose black and white with some shade of blue and tada! Pop of colour dog toy ;)

*Note, while camera360 is available for Android, the Android version appears to be lacking one of the two sets of colour splash sections in camera360 for iPhone. So I would not recommend this for Android.


PicsArt

Now for android, PicsArt is the app I like for the Colour Splash effect.

Unlike Camera360 mentioned for iPhone above, PicsArt lets you select up to three colours to show up in your black and white. And that’s cool because most things do appear to be more than one colour. Consider this rosy flower with its sunny yellow heart ;)

How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
Just a screenshot to show you the different colour swatches selected for each photo. 


Get Inspired!


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Host Challenge Post

Photo of the weekHow to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
Tiny purple flowers using Panasonic FZ35.

App Challenge PhotoHow to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color
PicsArt Colour Splash, followed by PicsArt Orton FX filter.

Here’s the colour swatch selected:
How to edit mobile phone photos to get B&W pics with a pop of color


Now it’s your turn to share!

Create your challenge post from now until Sunday, 27 Apr end of your day. Post your Photo of the Week and your App-ed version of that photo on your blog. (You can follow my format above if you like).

Pic 1 – Your Photo of the Week can be taken with any equipment – a regular camera, a DSLR, a smartphone, hack even a pin-hole camera if you so choose!

Pic 2 – Pic 2 is optional. The theme this week is a Pop or Splash of colour, but if that is not your cup of tea, you are free to choose other app effects for your app-ed photo. In all cases, it would be helpful if you can name the app effect used so we can understand what you are doing ; )

Add the challenge badge and link your post to the host and co-host sites. Be nice and visit with some of the other challengers for this week! :) And do remember to leave me your blog post link in the comments below, in case I do not receive the pingback/trackback from your link.

For more information, you can read in detail more about the challenge and the instructions at the About page here. You can also grab the badges here.

Questions? Feel free to pose any questions in the comments below or email me at weliveinaflat@gmail.com. Next up, what happens after you have linked up? Why you start getting your challenger photo grid filled up!


Challenger Photo Grids

Every week, challenger grids get updated with the new photos! At the end, you get to grab your grid off this blog for your own pleasure. :D Meanwhile, you can view one another’s photos on the blogs by clicking on the linked numbered weeks above each challenger’s photo grid. I will try to keep it up to date as quick as I can ;)

Host| weliveinaflat.com
[ photos tagged “snappy happy” ]
weliveinaflat's Snappy H'appy Photo Grid

Host| firebonnet.com
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firebonnet snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| ForestWoodFolkArt.wordpress.com
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Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Roxy The Traveling Dog
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Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| completelydisappear.com
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completelydisappear snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| 1stworlddog.com
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1st world dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Blogagaini
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Blogagaini snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Zeke’s Adventures
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Zeke's Adventures snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Little Dogs Laughed
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Little Dogs Laughed snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| LivingWithMyAncestors.wordpress.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| sassmuffins.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
sassmuffin snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Claim your photo grid, join the challenge today!

Next week, we’ll get Snappy H’appy with Text for your photos! Thanks for checking out this Photo Challenge and making it all the way to the end of the post! ;) 

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10 Comments

  1. I’m so glad to hear you are ok! I posted my color splash photo yesterday as it was planned around the letter N for the A-Z challenge. I love your Donna and the waffle pic! And that first shot with the flowers is simply lovely. I will have to try PicsArt now that I have a tutorial! I went the simple route with ColorSplash.
    http://firebonnet.com/2014/04/16/n-my-trustworthy-navigator/

    • I’m glad you were able to go ahead with your plans despite my tardiness Meghan!! Sorry about that!!

      The first flower was taken in Japan, we don’t have such flowers over here unless they are air flown in. Boo! The waffle I did in Photoshop since I was trying to edit all 5 waffle pics in as short a time as possible ;P Haha. ColourSplash, I think I downloaded that but the ads and navigation put me off… and I don’t think the version I downloaded is what is available on the iOS. Glad you got better results out of it than I did ;)

      • It is a very simple program, but was fine for my needs with the motorcycle shots. I like the idea of being able to have a sepia background so want to try PicsArt.

  2. I’m back with an entry. I could not get the photo app to work on my phone so uploaded it to my desktop and used picasa for this effect. I will work on understanding the picsart app a bit better. Thanks for a fun challenge and helping me learn more about post processing effects. Here is my entry.
    http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/7120/

  3. I really like the way this app highlights the leaves on the tree too. Great photos.

  4. Those came out really nice. I like pop of color photos.

  5. I love the pictures of Donna and the waffles-great shots-and I like your examples of the color pop challenge-especially Donna with the blue toy-
    I am glad too to hear that everything is okay-I will be posting my image for the challenge on Monday-

  6. Only 2 challenges left! I’m sad its almost over but I can’t wait to see everyones finished collection of pictures!
    http://gretchensite.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/week-10-of-the-snappy-happy-photo-challenge/

  7. Color blogagaini in . . . http://wp.me/p3cKlO-1B5

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