Lately there has been a lot of talk about the importance of color, especially in video. In movies, color has always been used as an additional way to convey emotions and moods. Although it may seem obvious, the colors we find in front of us really condition how we perceive things. At some level, all fields exploit this thing: cinematography, advertising, graphics… in the same way, in photography it’s very important to use color not only to make a picture “beautiful” aesthetically, but also to help you communicate something.
One of the basic rules in any field that has to deal with the color is to never use pure white or pure black. That’s why often the more extreme highlights and shadows in my pictures "veer" towards one color or another, but never become monochromatic.
Being this a a very dark shooting, I had to pay a lot of attention to the shadows. I explored a few different options: in the beginning I pointed towards a purplish palette, then I experimented with blue and finally I settled with green.
Another choice I did was to almost completely desaturate the green leaves: as there was a mix of evergreen and seasonal plants, the vegetation in the background too often was a distraction than anything.
Simultaneously, I dialed down the luminosity of the less important elements and dialed it up on the most important parts, but always making sure that the lighting does’t become unbelievable. One of the worst things that can happen is to have the viewer distracted by an unrealistic lighting instead of watching your photo.