Entries in Color (27)
When I first have a set up working I like to try to create many compositions and styles, if possible, with smal changes. See how just a little tilt on the camera and conversion to B/W make this a whole different image. I don't say better or worse, but 2 different styles in seconds, both working well. Trinidad was a blast, Kenneth
I wanted to photograph the flowers by themselves, but then saw how perfect the sleeve dropped down. This is, to me, a picture that should definitely be in color. Some people think B/W is the only way to go, some are total color fans. One is not better than the other, they are just different and each have their time. Digital photography has made the choice so much easier, since we can choose afterwards! I used to bring 5 cameras + x number of backs to a wedding. Fashion and trends in people photography today is very dominated by color, just pick up any magazine. Trends come and go, before that we had a long time with B/W being the trendiest. I use walls a lot for backgrounds like this clothing store on main street in Park City, Utah. The weakness of the picture is two elements fighting for the main attention, but I like it overall.Stay open minded and never be 100% sure your first impression is right? PS. I like it when a picture can be stylish but still timeless like my green picture I posted this week that was 25 years old, still holding up.
As photographers we need to learn to master ANY lighting circumstance. Here is an example of direct sunlight in the afternoon (3:25pm). I put the model with the sun hitting her at the angle I wanted, then put a diffusion screen to soften the light LOTS between her and the sun. I made sure I had a background that was in the shade to keep her brighter than my background. Next I added a reflector for some more punch in the highlight + one to back lighting her thus creating more depth and dimension. The background being in shade also gives it a colder color temperature (bluer) which creates the feeling of more distance. The picture is photographed at 180mm. f4.6 This is one more sample from my Photographing People Part 1 class (all levels). The International School of Photography. (www.intSOP.com)
Hope every one is having/has had a great Halloween! Today I want to challenge you to learn the complimentary colors. If you don't have a color wheel go to an art supply store and get one for a few dollars. It is a great tool, and it sure works well when learning to work with complementary colors. In today's image, see how the soccer player's red shirt goes so well against the green, and yes, red is a great color to use when photographing in the green, and yes green and red are complimentary colors :-) Color is a truly interesting subject, later we will talk about color strength in numbers and color psychology. P.S. We have only ONE spot left for Saturday's seminar in SLC.