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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

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Color in Camera

Chris Weston

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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28. Color in Camera


Class Trailer
1 Your 10,001st Photograph 03:24 2 Camera Gear 03:03 3 Piece of Gear We Always Forget 03:47 4 Be a Storyteller 03:09 5 Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject 06:59 6 Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped 01:30 7 Photograph What You Love 02:00 8 See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things 01:31

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Color in Camera

before I move on from color, I want to mention something relating to how digital cameras deal with color. Now we tend to think of colors. Objective readies. Red green is green. In reality, as anyone who's color blind will tell you, color is subjective. And just as you and I see color differently so to our cameras. Now, to show you what I mean, have a look at this image on the face of it, this is a great elephant in a green field. But I know from experience that in that skin there is too much blue, and that's because it was shot on a camera. In this case, a nick on where the sensor is biased towards blue Show you exactly what I mean. I'm going to go into the saturation adjustment. I'm going to select the Blue Color Channel and take the saturation slider and drag it all the way across to the right. And there you can see exactly what I'm talking about. I spend a lot of time in post adjusting color. Now there's no right or wrong. Remember, color is subjective. It's just something to be awa...

re off so you could deal with it if and when you need to. Another thing relating to color and cameras When shooting in J Peg mode, where the images processed in the camera violent menu, you can set different color treatments, depending on the subject you're photographing. For example, there will be a portrait mode, which is biased towards red, to get accurate skin tones on the landscape mode, which will change the bias towards green again. There's no right or wrong here. It's all subjective. But because color is such an important part of composition, it's worth getting to know precisely how your camera deals with it.

Class Description



  • Compose a shot consistently and effectively
  • Create artistic, powerful images quickly
  • Gain confidence in building narrative
  • Identify what stories you’re drawn to photograph
  • Brainstorm and develop concepts for creative shots
  • Trust your instincts when approaching a subject


CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course. This is the second class in the series.

Today, everybody has a camera, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s a photographer. Chris Weston will show you how to do all the other stuff – how to “see” an image, tap into your creativity, and compose a photograph that makes the subject look as good in print as it does in real life.

This class isn’t about cameras, it’s about you – the photographer. It will break free your creative mind, get you thinking about narrative rather than object, and show you how to apply simple artistic skills that turn that next click into a powerful photograph.

Learn how to approach photography like a pro and start creating great pictures straight away. With in-the-field lessons, case studies and powerful tips and techniques, you’ll quickly unleash your creativity and gain confidence in expressing yourself through your camera.


  • Beginner photographers
  • First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
  • Any photographer who wants to hone their artistic skills


Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.


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.