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What I Am Working On: Split Toning

I spend a fair bit of time thinking about color. While I can’t say that I was considering making this image into a black and white when I shot it, oftentimes original photo files that have quite a pop or contrast of color before they’ve even been edited, make nice black and whites.

The original image is an example of that:

ISO 500 f/18 10mm 1/80sec

I did create a color version of this image, but I was only somewhat satisfied with it. I thought maybe a black and white would work so I made a version with that treatment as well. I liked it but I guess I was still thinking about color. I decided my next step was going to be trying split toning. Because split toning changes the color tones of the image, it is most often used in editing color images. It’s a really powerful tool, and can have some nice applications in black and white as well.

But first here is a screenshot of the image without split toning:

Screenshot without Toning

Luminar AI calls this edit “toning”. Split toning is the way I’ve always seen it referred to in other software, and I think is a more accurate label. What I have done here is made the color tones in the highlights warmer and the shadows cooler, hence the idea of “split”. In the edit below, the highlight slider is moved towards yellow and the shadows toward blue.

With toning:

Screenshot with toning

Final Version:

ISO 500 f/18 10mm 1/80sec

I’ll be honest, I like both the toning edit and the one without it. The one with toning definitely has a warmer feel to it, so I think which you prefer might have a lot to do with how you feel about that particular element. Feel free to leave a comment or question below.


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Made With Luminar: Haddon Hall

This original file was taken in the summer of 2018:

ISO 640 f/18 40mm 1/200sec

If you think it might look familar, this is Haddon Hall, or Prince Humperdinck’s Castle as I prefer to call it. It was used in the filming of The Princess Bride but is also a beautiful English country house in Derbyshire that we were able to walk through.

For my edit, the first two things I did were a crop and then I erased the people out. A Luminar template has been applied:

ISO 640 f/18 40mm 1/200sec

Yes, but you might then ask, which one? Good question. I’m not completely sure. I saved a full-sized version of this image but when I went back and created another version it lost the full history, and it now only shows the most recent history. I had noticed that the history feature of this version of Luminar didn’t seem particularly robust, but this just kind of proves that. If I really want to track what edits I am doing, I am going to have to figure out a different way of doing it. I can do that and probably will. But it is a bit annoying.

As you can see though, the edits I applied made the file brighter and increased the overall detail. This post is part of my Made with Luminar Series. I have not been posting to this series lately because Luminar produced a new version of their software and I am working on learning how it works. Now that I have had a bit of time to work with it I am reintroducing this series to my blog.

The Made with Luminar Series

This image is part of a project I call Made with Luminar. What the images in this series have in common is the software used to edit them, Luminar AI. As with my usual blog posts particulars of the camera settings can be found in the caption below the image. I’ll then explain what other filters and edits have been applied, often mentioning the order that they were applied. The text of these posts includes any Luminar “Templates” that have been applied to the photo. Each template is a series of presets that are applied to the photo. Where applicable I will mention what changes I have made to any of the templates. A full explanation of templates is available here on their website, https://manual.skylum.com/ai/en/topic/working-with-templates You can assume basic edits have been applied. My most common edits are cropping, detail enhancement, and vignette. Specific questions or thoughts on the image are welcome in the comment section below.


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