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Using Color

Colors That Pop

Colors That Pop

Just about everyone who takes photos has heard the expression “colors that pop.” But what does that mean, exactly? What’s the difference between a color that “pops” and one that fizzles? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

Using Complementary Colors

Using Complementary Colors

What could be simpler than color? Color is all around us. We understand it from the time we are very young — in fact the names of colors are some of the first words we learn. So really, it does seem like understanding color ought to be the simplest thing in the world.

You have probably heard people talking about complementary colors, split complementary colors, analogous colors, and various other fairly muddy color theory concepts. Today I’m going to try to wipe away some of the mud, so you can get a foundation in color theory that you can start to use in your photography. The concepts are actually quite simple, as long as you have access to a color wheel, and a few basic pieces of information.
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Ask David: When Do I Use the Different Reflector Colors?

Ask David: When Do I Use the Different Reflector Colors?

If only you could control the weather. Whip up a little wind to make your model’s hair move. Conjure up a cloud or two to diffuse that awful direct sunlight. Make the rain that’s ruining your photo shoot go away until tomorrow.

Well, there really isn’t much you can do to stop the rain or create wind in the middle of a wheat field, short of packing a circus tent, a fan and a gas generator in your camera bag. But you can change the light, even on one of those dreadfully bright afternoons. And it’s easier than you might think: just bring along an inexpensive set of reflectors (and, if you can, someone to help you position them, though in a pinch you can use a tripod or just figure out creative ways to prop them up).
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Visual Design: Using Color in Photography

Visual Design: Using Color in Photography

Color is one of the six classic design elements, which also includes shape, form, line, texture and space. Like the other design elements, good use of color can evoke emotion and give the viewer something to think about.

Color is one of those things that was see all the time but often don’t notice, at least not on a conscious level. Sure, a beautiful field of bright red flowers will immediately catch our eye, as will a brilliant red sunset. But what we don’t notice is how subtle shades of color can affect mood and our perception of a scene, or how brilliant colors can send a strong subconscious message about what we’re seeing.
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What Are Color Spaces, and Which One Should I Choose?

What Are Color Spaces, and Which One Should I Choose?

Whenever you take a photo, your digital camera’s sensor captures information about the colors coming in from the outside world. What most people don’t know is that you can choose the level of color detail your camera records. A bigger color space captures more colors than a smaller one. In this article, we’ll take a look at some different color spaces while asking ourselves one important question. Does it really matter?
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Make Your Photos More Colorful with Complementary Colors

Make Your Photos More Colorful with Complementary Colors

What makes an image colorful? Is it the mere presence of bright colors, or is it something more than that? Color isn’t always about having bright reds and striking blues. It results from creating color contrast in your photos and using complementary colors whenever you can. In this article, I’ll show you how.
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Understanding color in photography

Understanding color in photography

Get ready to be told the following. “Your photos are so colorful. Your camera takes such good pictures!” When you hear these words, don’t say a word. Just shrug your shoulders and let them think what they want to think. Cameras have gotten better over the years, but they aren’t the reason some photos have vibrant colors while others don’t.
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How to take a WOW photo: Bringing out the color

How to take a WOW photo: Bringing out the color

Recently, I wrote a piece on how to create a photo that is so spectacular, you can only say “WOW”. I couldn’t have anticipated how popular that article was going to become, so I have decided to expand on some of the ideas I covered back then. In many ways, the single goal of any photographer such as yourself is to create photos that make people say “WOW”. These are just a few more tools you can use to get to your goal. Ultimately, taking more photos and getting loads of experience under your belt is what will help you the most.
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Photographing Fall Colors

Photographing Fall Colors

Summer is over and the great part of the changing seasons is we can look forward to some great fall (autumn) season colors. Here are some tips to take some brilliant autumn leaves and scenery.
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