Imerge for converting B/W to colour
Afternoon everybody, I hope you are all keeping well and have been having fun with Imerge 2021.1 update.
I thought I would share some work I have been completing while testing out features within the program, plus also editing in my own time outside of work as well.
This mini project was a big learning experience, as I have never colorized a image before. I am efficient at editing the work I shoot, but decided to set myself a challenge to learn new techniques I had always fancied having a go at.
The original B/W image is called - Taxis to Hell and Back – Into the Jaws of Death and was taken at around 7.40am on 6 June 1944 by Coastguard Chief Photographers Mate Robert F Sargent as the D Day invasion begun.
Although there is not a lot of colour in in the boat or sea due to both being grey, the uniforms took quite a lot of work to get right green and to also retain the details. The sea took a fair while too as I had to get some form of tonal range into the sea to stop it looking Black and White and flat.
The best tool I found for this is the Colorize black and white effect along with the use of its built in colour picker, then having some great reference images to set your colour to speeds up the process further more. Within the Colorize black and white effect you can pick solid colour or gradient colour coupled with a brush mask very helpful in making the process work for me. Then adding a curve for contrast to these colour tones really brings them to life
Its a time consuming task, but the results it can yield are great.
At times I found myself working at 1600% with the down sample value set at good 0.5% as the work was very intricate.
This was the amount of layers I ended up with, each layer represents a different colour that I believe should be in the image.
And then showing how some of the layers look when opened
And then this is how the final image looked when finished.