This is one of my first attempts of doing Duotones and this particular video was a fantastic way of learning this exact technique.
First of all, I decided to choose this particular image I took of the Tate in St Ives. I really like the composition and shape, and there's so much going on with the building which would make it interesting for me in terms of what effects I can add to it.
Then I cut the image out using the techniques from the video, and gave it the black-and-white and curves adjustment filters.
Here is a selection of images I created using gradient maps:
Followed by some tint experimentations (Red, Amber, Yellow, Green & Bright Blue):
I decided out of the gradients, I found the pink-to-blue one worked best with this image for a gradient fill, and thought that both colours went well with a yellow/gold background. So I started playing around with different combinations to see what looked best:
Also looked at replacing the blank white spot with something more colourful:
Playing around with different gradients for the backgrounds, buildings and Tate sign:
Then I decided to scan in a map of St Ives and wondered if that would work well as a background:
Again, experimenting with different background and gradient combinations:
I also decided to add texture to the Tate sign, I thought using sand would be interesting as the gallery is so close to the St Ives beach::
And then I wanted to have a look at another type of background, and this time using something more abstract in diagonal lines. Particularly positioning the lines in the same direction as the left building:
This is just an update to what I'm doing in response to this rather excellent class, and hope to work on some portraits as well.
Let me know what you guys think and I'd be happy to discuss what you like and don't like about these images.