Image Color Balance
When it comes to color balance this can be a little confusing for some people. I see a lot of images with photographs that are really high contrasting in color. They'll use one color and then something that is the complete opposite in color tone in a photograph. What they don't realize is that those two contrasting colors are creating a distracting element in the photograph and taking you away from the main subject. It's really important in terms of that color balance that it brings a harmonious effect to the photograph. It can create some really dramatic effects as well. I'm heavily inspired by Renaissance paintings and you can see I've incorporated those rich royal blues and reds into this picture. I'll often, in the background you can't quite see it here on the screen, but that is a really dark green color. So there's greens, there's reds, and there's blues. That really warm rich frame, for me, add just this richness and this dramatic effect to this photograph. When it comes to edit...
ing a photograph like this, if for example, part of the image isn't of the right color then you can tone it done or change it to match the color that you want it to match in post-production. Tryin' to get it as perfect as possible in frame with that color tone that you want, but you can use things like Photoshop to really kind of enhance those colors to create that beautiful dramatic effect that you're looking for. When it comes to color balance, this is where, when we're talking about our other elements that judges are looking for, this is that creativity and style. This is impact. You can use these harmonious colors in terms of composition as well. It gives the overall image a feeling. When we look at a photograph we create an emotion. Some colors stir different emotions up in people. That's another really cool thing to factor into it. When I'm creating a storyboard another thing that I do is that I will search colors and I'll figure out which colors go best together in terms of those harmonious effects that I'm looking for. Also, what's the meaning behind a color? We use colors for different things and sometimes they can be used for definitely stirring emotions in people. When you are creating an image that has a huge emotional impact on it, you want those colors to go along with that same sort of emotional effect that you wanna have on someone. Whether you want it to be disturbing, whether you want it to be happy, whether you want it to be sad, creating that impact can be with colors. So with the dog image that I showed previously, that was a very gray monotone image. It really went with the mood. Those tones, for me, represented something really cool and dark and sad. They're the colors that I'm gonna use for an image like that when I wanna tell that sad story. When I'm talking about something that's really rich and joyous, something you're gonna look for there, the colors that I'm gonna use. With the twins in the bowl and they're all sort of brown and warm, it's gonna give you a really warm fuzzy feeling. Whilst there's still a kind a sad story in there, it's gonna make you feel something warm. Consider how those colors make you feel when you're looking at them. Do some research around them. It's really quite fascinating what you can learn when you start to look at different things.