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Jul 05, 2014 15:13 |  #1

I love shooting during golden hour, but 90% of the time my subjects aren't available at that time.

I use a RGB curb layer to grade the image usually but I can never get a real gold(slightly orange) color, it's always off a bit.

It is possible to make gold with just RGB?

I've tried adding equal amounts of Red and Green, and then taking a bit of blues out but it's never quite right...


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Jul 05, 2014 15:38 |  #2

Well, there are different shades of gold. Check out the golds on this page. To replicate them, just type in the hex values or rgb values using the color picker in Photoshop.

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Here is the rgb values 255, 215, 0


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Jul 05, 2014 16:10 |  #3

Along with Gene's suggestion, you could also try the Photo Filter Adjustment in Photoshop. Play around with the Warming filters or enter the RGB colors from above and adjust Density.


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Jul 05, 2014 16:43 |  #4

Thank you so much! I'll give it a go, (forgot to mention I also tweak the WB which gets me 50% there)


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Jul 05, 2014 21:32 |  #5

maverick75 wrote in post #17013272 (external link)
I love shooting during golden hour, but 90% of the time my subjects aren't available at that time.

I use a RGB curb layer to grade the image usually but I can never get a real gold(slightly orange) color, it's always off a bit.

It is possible to make gold with just RGB?

I've tried adding equal amounts of Red and Green, and then taking a bit of blues out but it's never quite right...

I think that you can do a fairly good job in Camera Raw by adjusting the color temperature and tint adjustments. The alpenglow color at sunset is more pink than it is amber. If you look at how the color of clouds change during the day -- we generally assume clouds to be white or gray at mid day. As the sun sets, they first become slightly amber, but there is a strong component of pink that becomes very dominant just before direct light is lost.

Increasing color temperature compensation adds amber to the light. If we then adjust the tint to give a strong magenta, I think that it will give you something close to what you want. Also, before adjusting the color temperature and tint sliders, set the style to Landscape to make the colors more vivid.

The problem with increasing red and green and decreasing blue is that the result is more like adding brown. I would try to avoid tweaking the primary colors in Photoshop because it can result in some strange colors sometimes. Another Camera Raw tool is split toning that allows you to create a more realistic effect by giving the shadow areas a bluer color while the rest of the image will have an alpenglow illumination.

Here is one of my discards from many years ago that came out terrible with an earlier version of Camera Raw (3.x, I think). The shot was late in the afternoon, but before the color of the light had changed very much. I decided to try an alpenglow effect (no split toning) using the latest Camera Raw (8.5). The sky was blown in the original image so the edit isn't really something to hang on the wall, but I thought that it might be something like you are wanting to create. The Camera Raw data should all be there so you can see the editing that was done.

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Jul 06, 2014 20:32 |  #6

Thank you so much!

Here was my try, I think I went a little overboard.(I'm red/green colorblind though so I'm not sure.)

maybe adding a amber colored levels adjustment?

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Jul 07, 2014 11:49 |  #7

I've seen it done before by adding a gold color fill layer, then adjusting the blending mode and opacity. I don't remember the exact settings, but fortunately they're pretty easy to just play around with 'em until you see something you like.

I've also had good luck with just raw conversion, and sometimes Split Toning in Lightroom.


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Jul 07, 2014 13:26 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #8

in photoshop you can achieve these effect much easilly. there are many ways to do it.
one method is create a blank layer switch to blending mode soft lights and select a very
soft brush with opacity of say around 20% and and start painting with a color of your choice
try different colors one of these color will give you the desire result. there is exact math
for it which makes it is possible to get result without hit and try method but even try error
method you can get your desire result as well. also try using blending mode overlay as well.

but whatever you do start with correct white balance once you start with incorrect white balance
things keeps on going wrong directions and instead of getting what you want you will get picture
with orangy tones etc but will never be what you exactly want.




  
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Jul 07, 2014 13:34 |  #9

Too much green.

Anyway, you can't really replicate a particular quality of light when it isn't present very easily.


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Jul 07, 2014 13:44 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #10

Here's something you can try using photoshop...I hope you don't mind me using one of your images as an example. The first thing I had to do was adjust the white balance back to a more normal color temperature.

With the image you're editing open, add a hue/saturation adjustment layer. Change the blend mode to 'screen' and check "colorize".

Play with the hue/saturation/lightne​ss adjustments to taste. In the example here, I didn't like how it affected her levi's so I masked the effect out. To intensify the effect, copy the hue/sat adjustment layer (ctl+J).

Here's a before/after with the settings I used.


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