Geló Tutorial #2 - One-touch sunset boost / by James Moore

Gelo tutorial 2

Following on from the first tutorial we'll take another look at enhancing an image using the TINT function. The image we're working with here was taken just around sunset during summer. There was still quite a lot of light in the sky which makes for a lot of contrast between light and dark as the sun is not high enough in the sky to illuminate the shade as it would during the brighter hours of the day, yet bright enough to light the sky.

There are also a combination of textures to add interest, in the form of clouds in the sky and ripples on the water. These will all respond well to enhancement.

Sunset always makes for vivid dramatic colours, weather permitting of course. Sometimes however, we're not quite there with the light; we're roo early, or too late. This is when some simple enhancement can be applied to add impact to a photograph.

In this instance I have chosen a purple colour (there are a few in the standard palette), with a SOLID gel overlay, COLOUR image mode and STANDARD contrast. Of course, an orange or red, or more reddish purple would work, and you can adjust the intensity using the alpha slider. It's all about trying out settings to get it right and to suit your taste.

You could also apply a grad, as many photographers do with real glass lens filters to add colour to the sky and maintain the tone of the foreground. We'll cover grads and how to use them in a number of ways in upcoming tutorials.

Next up - simple sepia tint.

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