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Image Color Balance

Lesson 46 from: Capturing Story in Portrait Photography

Kelly Brown

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46. Image Color Balance

Color balance ties together creativity and style and keeps the image cohesive. Discuss using different colors to create emotions and tie together elements in a photograph.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction

14:28
2

The Power of Portrait Photography

06:52
3

Introduction to Newborn Portrait

08:30
4

Find Inspiration for Newborn Portrait

11:09
5

Create The Scene for Newborn Portrait

05:58
6

Prepare & Pose Newborn for Portrait

18:03
7

Shoot: Techniques for Photographing Newborn

08:58
8

Newborn Image Review

08:57
9

Introduction & Find Inspiration For Child Portrait

13:03
10

Create The Scene for Child Portrait

05:17
11

Prepare Set for Child Portrait

05:48
12

Shoot: Capture Child Portrait

11:40
13

Image Review for Child Portrait

11:45
14

Introduction & Inspiration For Teenager Portrait

09:05
15

Create The Scene for Teenager Portrait

06:15
16

Building Set for Teenager Portrait

14:01
17

Shoot: Portrait with Teenager

10:43
18

Shoot: Pose Teenager for Multiple Looks

14:23
19

Image Review for Teenage Portrait

08:11
20

Introduction & Inspiration For Adult Portrait

11:31
21

Creating The Scene for Adult Portrait

06:25
22

Lighting for Adult Portrait

04:51
23

Tell Your Subject's Story

04:38
24

Shoot: Lighting for Double Exposure

16:22
25

Introduction to Senior Portrait

08:39
26

Create Storyboard & The Scene For Senior Portrait

10:26
27

Connect With Client to Create Portrait

16:06
28

Shoot: Lighting for Senior Portrait

08:10
29

Shoot: Be Creative on Set

15:09
30

Image Review for Senior Portrait

14:23
31

Portrait Shoots Recap

04:08
32

Global Adjustments in Camera Raw®

05:37
33

Editing In Photoshop® CC: New Born Portrait

24:41
34

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Child Portrait

15:35
35

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Adult Portrait

11:32
36

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Teenager Portrait

11:28
37

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Senior Portrait

13:46
38

Introduction to Entering Print Competitions

02:14
39

Process of Print Competitions

06:17
40

What to Consider For Print Competitions

17:00
41

What Judges Look For Overview

07:14
42

Image Impact

03:42
43

Creativity, Style & Composition in Images

14:04
44

Entering Photography Competitions Q&A

22:50
45

Image Lighting

05:43
46

Image Color Balance

03:56
47

Technical Excellence in Images

07:56
48

Photographic Technique

10:15
49

Storytelling & Subject Matter

09:28

Lesson Info

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.

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Among a sea of wonderful teachers here at CL, Kelly is the cream of the crop. All of her classes are outstanding and this one is no exception. Amazing teacher. Amazing class. Amazing education. If you are hoping to stretch yourself to create deeper more meaningful stories in your images, or are feeling the pull of print competition but need some direction, this is definitely the class for you. Thank you Kelly!

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Kelly Brown is a true inspiration. She has been my idol in this industry since I began. This class was amazing. I love how honest, authentic and genuine she was. But most importantly I loved her wise direction and teaching style. Kelly brown thank you for this gem. You helped light a fire in me. I’m so excited to start telling amazing stories with the skills I have learned from this class.

Marjorie Stevenson
 

Just loving this class! Kelly is one of my favorite instructors. She is very good at articulating her ideas and carrying them to an absolutely wonderful end product. Her images are always stunning. I love that she always puts safety first with her models. Thank you Kelly for sharing your creative visions with us.

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