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Controlling Your Color

Lesson 1 of 7

Class Introduction


Controlling Your Color

Lesson 1 of 7

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Now, for the class that's the important class of all, which is every single class on Photoshop week, but I like to pretend that whatever I'm teaching is the most important thing. So, actually, have you ever heard someone say, "Photography is all about light?" You've heard that? That's the dumbest statement on the planet, because that's like saying, "Living is all about breathing." (student laughs) I mean, yeah, of course, you have to have breathing to live, but that's not what it's about, right? Photography is about stories, it's about shape, it's about color, it's about light, it's about, I mean, we just happen to use light as the basic function, right? That's what keeps us alive is breathing. That's what keeps our photos alive is light. But it's not about the light. That's a dumb statement. So, if anyone uses that statement, I apologize up front, I'm sorry that I've offended you, but that's just a dumb statement. So, (sighs) what I'm here to tell you is photography's all about color.

No, I'm just kidding. (students laughing) But it is really a critical part. Just like light is a critical part to photography, color is a very critical part to photography. And even back in the day when we were shooting black and white film, color was still a very critical part, because the light that was in the sky recorded differently, 'cause it was blue, than the red flower, or a red apple. If I have a red apple, that amount of light is gonna come in differently, especially if I use some kind of a color filter. So if I were to use a red filter on a red apple, right, well then the red comes through but nothing else does, so the red glows. And so as a black and white photograph, the apple would glow kinda white, right? So, I could choose what kind of light got in, what kinda color of light got in, even when I was dealing with black and white photography. So, color is very important to your photographic life, and most people don't understand how to get accurate color. So I'm going to teach you how to get accurate color from the very start.

Class Description


  • Obtain accurate color within your photographs
  • Create color effects using color profiles
  • Get the color you want from your images


Your color is critical at every stage of the photographic process, but do you really understand how to control your color? Let Jared Platt teach you how to ensure perfect color in the camera, in your computer and in your prints and digital deliveries. Let Jared help you get control of the color in your photography so you can shoot, edit and share with complete confidence that your color is perfectly accurate. And once you know how to get accurate color, Jared will teach you how to manipulate that color with profiles, presets and color adjustment controls to get the effects you want in your photographs. From vibrant to muted, vintage and natural color and even using color in black and white, you will learn everything you need to know to get the color you need and want in your photography. You don't need to fear the technical details of color, this class will make it simple to get exactly what you want from your images and to repeat it anytime.


  • All levels of photographers
  • Photographers who want to up their color game


Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, Adobe Lightroom CC 2019


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow.


Bobby McKinney

Excellent class, good job on behalf of Jared Platt


My favorite printing class and I've taken quite a few. A lot of very helpful information in a short amount of time. I already owned a Colorchecker passport, so now I know how to make the most of it.

Lydia Hall

Great class on how to achieve color accuracy.