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Case Study - Color

Lesson 27 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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27. Case Study - Color

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Class Trailer

Your 10,001st Photograph


Camera Gear


Piece of Gear We Always Forget


Be a Storyteller


Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject


Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped


Photograph What You Love


See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things


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Case Study - Color

on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. There's a forest, nothing particularly unusual about that. But this is an oddly curious forest because it's formed of what can only be described as painted eucalyptus trees. And this unusual effect occurs when the outer bark peels away, revealing a vibrant green layer underneath. Then, over time, the green fades to blue, purple, pink, orange, red and maroon on because different layers peel at different times, each tree reveals a rainbow like palette of colors, quite literally. Looks like money visited, went riot with paintbrush. Now being a big fan of Monet, that became my story. I wasn't there to photograph trees. I was there to photograph color. Now, as you can see from the picture, the vivid description doesn't completely play out for riel. Most of the time, the colors are quite muted. So to get the image I envisioned, I use my knowledge of color to seek out an individual tree where red and green were predominant, red and green, a compl...

ementary colors sitting opposite each other on the color wheel. When position together, one enhances the vibrancy of the other, or, in other words, they complement each other. Furthermore, because red has a longer wavelength and green, which means our eyes see red fractionally before they see green together, they form visual depth. Now, to add to my story of Monet, I wanted to create an effective impressionistic brush strokes. So to achieve this, I decided to add movement, setting a slow shutter speed of a second and holding the camera vertically. I pan from top to bottom. The technique caused the strips of color to merge and grow. Giving me the effect I planned on artwork that looks more like an impression is painting than a photograph, No.

Ratings and Reviews

Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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