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Bella Kotak Challenge: 4 | Portraits

May 29, 2020
Photographer Spotlight

Our challenge for week 4 was PORTRAITS and my goodness, you all delivered! The submissions to this challenge were incredible and varied!

For this blog post we are showcasing the pictures that you loved the most in the community group!


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From model to self portrait photographer!

May 21, 2020
Photographer Spotlight

Today I want to introduce my friend Yinsey whom I’ve had the pleasure of shooting and working with in the past. A creative soul, Yinsey spends her days working as a lawyer and any time out side of work she’s cooking up and executing creative ideas!


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Bella Kotak Challenge: 3 | Composite

May 19, 2020
Photographer Spotlight

Last week’s creative challenge theme was COMPOSITION.
With this challenge we wanted to see how you used Photoshop to bring your visions to life! That includes everything from expanding shots, adding elements into a shot, changing backgrounds, and so on!


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Bella Kotak Challenge: 2 | Made At Home

May 11, 2020
Photographer Spotlight

Last week’s theme was MADE AT HOME.
With this challenge we wanted you to share your artistic endeavours in order to inspire, motivate, and just get us reaching for the glue gun!

Well, you did it! Here are some of our favourite submissions from the group!


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The Color With Bella Kotak Series - Before / After


Introducing the ‘Color With’ Series!

April 30, 2020
Photoshop

You are invited to edit along with Bella Kotak in real time as she creates her striking color palettes step by step. We will be using Photoshop for the entire process!


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Bella Kotak Challenge: 1 | Floral

April 27, 2020
Photographer Spotlight

In April, while many of us are on lockdown at home, we decided to start weekly challenges in our Facebook groups! Fairytales and Fantasy; The Color Lab Collective.

Last Monday we invited our community to submit their spring/ floral images, both new and old. The goal is to inspire, motivate, and connect with each other!


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Welcome to The Color Lab

April 27, 2020
Color grading

Hello everyone, Bella Kotak here! I’m so excited to introduce you to our brand new website! It’s our goal to expand our focus to include …


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The Cinematic Collection - Photoshop Actions


Color Toning a Cinematic Portrait

September 8, 2019
Color grading

Capturing a cinematic portrait is often about more than just the hours of planning and hard work that comes before you press the shutter button. …


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Mulberry action - Enchanted Collection


Color toning The Community! – Exploring the Enchanted Collection

February 19, 2019
Color grading

A few weeks ago we invited our community over on our Facebook group to submit your before images for some free color grading and chance …


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Alana Lee - Before color toning


Photographer Spotlight: Alana Lee

July 29, 2018
Photographer Spotlight

Action used: Desert Sand & Regal Our latest spotlight is photographer Alana Lee! We first came across Alana’s work in our Color Lab Facebook group. We …


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Photographer Spotlight: Regina Wamba

March 11, 2018
Photographer Spotlight

Regina Wamba is a photographer who is a person I think everyone should know. From her fantasy work to her book covers, she has a beautiful balance to what she produces. Regina is a member of our community and a personal friend of ours as well. We were curious to see what her views on color were, finding her “voice” with color, inspiration, and how she uses some of our actions! We’re always curious on how other artists see the world. 


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7 Reasons Why Actions Can Improve Your Creativity And Color Education

March 9, 2018
Color grading

I never used to think much of actions, because of my experience with others. After learning just how invaluable these were from the community as a learning asset and creative tool, I had to share the 7 reasons I learned. 


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Photographer Spotlight: Stef King

February 25, 2018
Uncategorized

I’m so honored to be able to interview Stef King today! She’s a photographer based out of Australia and she’s amazing at everything she shoots. From beauty, fashion, portraits, on-location work, and more, she does it very well. Her sense of color style is gorgeous and when I saw how wonderfully she used our actions, we wanted to hear more about her work and about how she uses the actions in her workflow! 


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Photographer Spotlight Jonny Edward - The Color Lab


Photographer Spotlight: Jonny Edward

February 20, 2018
Photographer Spotlight

Jonny’s is someone who you will never forget once you know about him. Not only is his work awesome, but you can tell his passion from seeing his work! He always showcases some of our actions in a great way and we wanted to see what color means to him by asking him about it and how he uses some of our actions in his work.


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Siegart von Schlichting After Azurite & Aquamarine Action - The Color Lab


Photographer Spotlight: Siegart von Schlichting

January 22, 2018
Photographer Spotlight

Today we sit down with my friend Siegart von Schlichting! Her fantasy work is beautiful and the way she crafts colors inspires us. With what she posts in our Facebook group regularly, we were intrigued to find out what color means to her and how she uses actions in the process.


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Color Collections Photoshop Actions


How Actions Can Help You See Unique Possibilities In Color Toning

November 19, 2017
ActionsPhotoshop

One of the reasons I like color toning actions is because it gives me a starting point in what direction to go. Since I don’t have a precise idea of what I like, it’s a fast and great way to get suggestions on what options are possible! I find my own personal strength to be skin retouching, but the idea of color eludes me unless I have outside references. Here is how I utilize actions as references.


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Colour toning with the Vermilion Photoshop Action

August 8, 2017
ActionsPhotoshop

An over the shoulder look as Bella Kotak demonstrates using the Vermilion Photoshop Action to colour tone an image.


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