Light And Color

Whether you use a point and shoot camera or a high end DSLR, you can learn to use the white  balance settings on your camera to add another dimension to your use of color in your  photographs

Are You Seeing Color? Of course you are, color is everywhere. But, as a photographer, are you “really” seeing color and using it effectively as a compositional element in your work?

  • Used thoughtlessly color can get in the way of our photograph…
  • Used attentively color can enhance our photograph or even BE our photograph…
  • Our use of color can, and should, go beyond the obvious colorful sunrises and hue filled flowers.
  • When we understand what color is and how it effects us we can begin to use color as an extremely powerful element in our photographic compositions….

…color is like dynamite – dangerous, unless you know how to use it. – Anonymous – editors of Esquire magazine, on photographs by Anton Bruehl, 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 566

If we  choose to work in color, then color is something that  deserves our study and deliberate attention.

  • We can study the color light in terms of objects and their relationships. A red rose, a yellow shirt, a blue sky, green grass, etc (the color of light sources that reflect light)…
  • We can study the color of light in terms of light sources that transmit light and illuminate whatever it is we are photographing. (the color of light sources that transmit light)…
  • Daylight, incandescent (tungsten), shade, cloudy, flash, fluorescent. You’ll probably find these as white balance settings on your camera. These are some of the light sources that transmit light and illuminate the things that we photograph…

Are you photographing the color “reflecting off ” of something or are you photographing the color “falling on” something?

  • The answer is both…
  • We see the reflected color of light in the object itself. A red rose, a yellow shirt, a blue sky, green grass, etc…
  • What we don’t usually see and consider is the color of light as transmitted by the illuminating light source…
  • When we consider both the reflected AND the transmitted light sources in our compositions, we are adding another dimension to our photography…

Color is very much about atmosphere and emotion and the feel of a place. – Alex Webb

Course Description

This hands-on, three-hour workshop is an in depth examination of color as a characteristic of light and using color as a powerful element of photographic composition.

  • 1 meeting, 3 hours
  • Limited to 8 registrants (To allow for flexibility in student scheduling, class size may be up to ten participants)
  • $85.00
  • The topic of  this class is also one of the main topics covered during the four week Intermediate Photography class.

You’ll learn about…

  • Color temperature…
  • Color theory…
  • Color properties…
  • Color psychology…
  • White balance setting choices (daylight, incandescent (tungsten), shade, cloudy, flash, fluorescent)…
  • Automatic vs. manual white balance settings…
  • How to use color as a powerful compositional element in your pictures…
  • Color space…
  • and more…

In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color. – William Albert Allard, Photographic Essay (American Photographer Master Series) by William Albert Allard

You Should Take This Class If You Want To…

  • Make better pictures…
  • Become more aware of how you use color in your pictures…
  • Learn to use the color of various light sources as part of your composition…
  • Learn to use the white balance settings on your camera as a creative control…
  • Learn to use color as a psychological element in your pictures…
  • Learn to use the relationship between the white balance setting on your camera and the color temperature of the light source to predict color shifts and casts…
  • Go beyond using auto white-balance settings for more versatile compositions …
  • Begin to create thoughtfully composed photographs that are uniquely yours…

Prerequisites

  • A DSLR or other type of camera that allows the choosing of various white balance settings…
  • You’ll need to the “full version” of your camera owners manual….
  • If you have a laptop computer or other portable device that allows a wireless  internet connection please bring it to class.

The difficulty with color is to go beyond the fact that it’s color – to have it be not just a colorful picture but really be a picture about something. It’s difficult. So often color gets caught up in color, and it becomes merly decorative. Some photographers use [ it ] brilliantly to make visual statements combining color and content; otherwise it is empty. – Mary Ellen Mark, Mary Ellen Mark : 25 Years by Marianne Fulton , ISBN: 0821218387 , Page: 5

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  • If you are registering for this class on the day that it is scheduled, you must bring a copy of your receipt as your proof of payment in order to be admitted.
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