Monday, May 16, 2011
Pick a Color: Get Out of the Doldrums
Have you ever experienced a stretch of time where your creative juices just don't seem to flow? You try to inspire yourself by looking at your favorite images you made in the past, you pick up some books with extraordinary photos, you go on line and browse every photographic site you know, but nothing gives you that inspiration. If this is the case, I offer you the same challenge I give my students and participants on my photo tours. Assign yourself a theme and use the gear that often sits in the closet.
Color is a great challenge in that every color has a mood with which it's associated. Emphasizing the mood should be high on your list of what you try to capture. Warm colors, especially red and orange, speak of heat, love, and passion. Conversely, the cool tone of blue suggests serenity, peacefulness, and somber feelings.
When photographing color, look for areas where the color stands out from a muted background. This allows the image to pop off the page. Look for areas of adjacent color. Do the colors compete or compliment the subject? If they compete, the dominant subject may get lost in confusion. Look for color harmony where many shades of the same color come together to form patterns or shapes. Work on shooting flowers, sides of buildings, articles of clothing, patterns of light, and even sections of ordinary household items. The number of potential subjects abounds. Go find them and get out of the doldrums.
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