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one way to make accurate light is with color dodge and have it on a dark red so it automaticly makes the midtone more saturated andbrighten up the pic you can run the same effect for the saturation between the divider of light to shadow
but unly use this effect where the light is stronger.
you made this pic more accurate value vise years ago why did you not continue to use those darks?
Thanks for the in-depth comment!
I agree with you that I could push the bright colors a bit more, I am very indecisive when choosing light sources. For outdoor bright light pics this is especially noticeable. I went back and brightened the sky a bit and also brightened up the sand in the background. I also added a bit more shadows to accent the picture. But I don't plan to tweak the picture anymore, I'm sticking a fork in it.
For darks, I really don't like the darks on my old pics. I do need to learn to add more darks to the right places to accent objects in crevices and so on, but I don't really like very dark colors in cartoon paintings. In that old painting for example there seems to be zero bounce light at all and the darks just seem blackish and boring. I'm still very much learning, but I am just aiming for something different as far as dark vs light colors. At times things may seem washed out when I do it badly though, but it's all a work in progress.
There is nothing wrong with the darker style, there are many artist who are very good with dark colors. But it's just not my cup of tea.
dont you think it looks a lot better when separating the focal point from the background through contrast? you dont need to go overboard just like you did is a great improvement I think.
yea You can add some darkjer colors without really making the pic feel dark. what oyu waannt is the contrast. irl generally the lighter the lightsource the darker the shadows in comparison to the light.
if its cloudy and no sun looking through for instance than the lighting is usually a lot dimmer thus the contrast between light and shadow is lower
and yes its a good idea to experiment with where you add light and dark objects in a scene. generally you want to put something slightly darker behind something light and the other way around if an object is darker valued.