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Using Color As A Cohesive Tools

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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26. Using Color As A Cohesive Tools
Photography isn’t always about the single image. There are several reasons you may want to consider building a portfolio of work - from exhibition to competition. Chris reveals how he set out to create a unified set of images for display in his gallery.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography

03:48
2

Firing The Creative Mind - Part 1: The Camera Points Both Ways

03:10
3

Firing The Creative Mind - Part 2: Letting Go Of Judgement

06:53
4

Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes

04:12
5

Practicing Mindfulness In Photography

02:43
6

Finding The Visual Narrative

02:39
7

Behind-the-scenes: Naples

07:52
8

Seeing Beneath The Surface Of Things

02:30

Lesson Info

Using Color As A Cohesive Tools

there's another aspect to color. I want to touch on here not so much in relation to the single image, but in terms of how to build a cohesive portfolio of work, a unified set of images through consistency of color palette. Now, sometimes I set out with this intention in mind, and I create each image specifically to match my color theme, choosing specific times of the day or contributing weather conditions to shoot in. But you can also create a unifying color palette across a collection of images in post capture. Because my project photographing Japanese cranes was intended for my gallery, it was important I create a unified color palette across all images. Now, even though the images were shot over several days, each was photographed under almost identical overcast lighting conditions, and this helps to balance contrast across the set. I used the same exposure technique for all the images, setting an exposure compensation of plus three, and the timing of each shot was planned. So the b...

irds are always against a backdrop of snow, and in every case, I was mindful of making sure some amount of the red Crown was visible in the shot so that a splash of color can be seen in every frame. And finally, I process the images as a set to create a continuity of tone when they are viewed hanging on a wall. Together. We do tend to think of photography in terms of the single image, one off frames and desperate moments in time. But there are times when we might want to bring a set of images together into a single body of work in the professional world. For example, I have done this for exhibitions, and many of the photographic competitions around today have portfolio categories. In both examples, color is a powerful tool at your disposal.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • See images with a creative eye.
  • Capture artistic photographs of the most popular subjects.
  • Choose the right lens and camera settings for the image you want to create.
  • Recognize and capture the “decisive moment”.
  • Add visual mood and emotion to your photographs.
  • Develop your own unique photographic style.
  • Find what inspires you and apply that inspiration to your image-making.
  • Fine-tune color, tone, and visual presence with easy-to-learn Adobe Lightroom adjustments.

ABOUT CHRIS' CLASS:

Once you’ve mastered basic camera craft and photo-technique, what is the next step in advancing your photographic skillset? In this in-depth course, award-winner Chris Weston shares an approach to photography that has creativity at its heart, and reveals the secrets and professional techniques that will get you creating photographs that ‘sing’.

Taking you on a step-by-step journey, from vision to print, Chris shows you how to: tap into your natural creative instincts; ‘see’ much-photographed and everyday subjects with a unique vision; set a creative intention and get the camera to capture it authentically; and, with a few simple techniques, process superb print-ready photographs. Through ‘in-the-field’ examples and inspirational case studies, he reveals the nuances of composition that can make or break a photograph, and describes the creative tools that turn snapshots into stunning photographs good enough to adorn any wall.

Delivered in an easy-to-follow, down-to-earth style, using ‘real-life’ examples and ‘live’ tuition, this course builds on the practicalities of camera technique to equip you with the creativity and vision to see, capture and process compelling photographs time after time, whatever your camera or level of experience.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginners who want to create better photographs.
  • Intermediate photographers who want to refine their image-making and be more creative.
  • All photographers looking for inspiration and creativity.
  • Outdoor photographers interested in travel, landscape/cityscape, nature, sport, and wildlife photography.

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Glenda
 

I loved this course - in particular the latter part of it in which he demonstrated how post processing lets you really tell the story of the image. Another fabulous course. Thanks Chris & thanks Creative Live.

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 photographic composition and visual storytelling) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

Charles Ewing
 

Fantastic course. Great photographer, teacher and storyteller!