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Photography 101

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Color Schemes

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Photography 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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39. Color Schemes


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1 Introduction Duration:03:17
2 The Camera is Simply a Tool Duration:06:24
3 How Does a Camera Work? Duration:12:07
5 Exposure Triangle Duration:13:53
6 What is a Stop of Light Duration:07:06
11 How To Measure or Meter Light Duration:06:41
17 Starting with Automated Modes Duration:02:19
18 Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode Duration:09:33
20 Landscape Mode on the Beach Duration:08:18
21 Sports or Action Mode Duration:12:09
24 In-Camera Processing Duration:06:01
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27 3 Primary Types of Autofocus Duration:03:42
29 Single Shot with Action Shots Duration:02:06
30 AI Servo with Action Shots Duration:06:14
34 What Makes a Great Photograph? Duration:05:07
35 How to Capture Candid Moments Duration:07:08
37 5 Basic Compositional Theories Duration:11:17
38 The Power of Cropping Duration:10:22
39 Color Schemes Duration:04:43
40 Diving into the Narrative Duration:12:38
43 Understanding Megapixels Duration:09:15
44 Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Duration:06:01
46 Prime vs. Zoom Lens Duration:06:57
48 Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG Duration:09:22
49 5 Tips on Memory Cards Duration:07:06
50 10 Tips on Buying Gear Duration:11:35
51 Conclusion Duration:03:43
52 The Good Karma Jar Duration:01:41

Lesson Info

Color Schemes

It's time to talk about the fourth see and that is color or more importantly, color schemes now if you haven't noticed, this color is a huge part of photography because there are actual meanings behind color there's an entire well subject of color psychology that you guys can go and read books on websites there's so much literature on the subject of what each color means well that we can't really cover it in this course, but for example yellow, orange red these air warm and energetic tone there tones that we would see during sunrise and sunset they're tones that you could see your favorite fast food restaurants because they represent that kind of high energy mood and vibe and if you notice we've kind of been trading psychologically where if you see the golden arches or if you see when you see the in and out sign the yellow and red what happens you guys get hungry right? I get hungry too we've kind of been trained in that way where these different colors they have different psychologica...

l meetings for us so those air yellows and oranges and warm tones they have that energetic vibe but cooler tones they have a different vibe they have a more calming tone to them colors like blues and greens and kind of these violets they have a very nice and natural field which makes them perfect for giving us that kind of wealth natural vibe and that's why you'll notice that if you think about anything well, the word green is automatically the color and everything is associate to nature, right? So you walk into a yoga studio or something and you'd expect the color to be green or a light lavender or something one of these cool and calming tones so that's what we're going for inner images now, whenever we can tie this well sense of color into the imagery, we get a more purposeful image, we get an image that has a stronger message, and there are three specific color tones that actually or color schemes that I want to go over well, let's call them rules actually, because there are really more rules, but one is an analogous color scheme and that's basically what we set up here analogous color schemes are colors that are basically designed to match and typically their colors that go next to each other on the color wheel. So here we have this scene with very analogous tones we have like these lights, tanz and whites, we have blues, and if you'll notice, we've actually reflected that in our clothing, so we have you guys wearing some whites at the top blue jeans we have a blue top appear well, it's kind of like a lavender and then some nice light jeans if you guys have noticed a lot of times when people go to the beach, they shoot with a white shirt and blue jeans. Now this is kind of overdone, which is why we didn't do it here but it's overdone for a reason because it works because those colors are very much analogous to the scene now in an august color where you're basically matching these colors that are next to each other on the color wheel in any scene like this creates kind of ah ah purposeful sense of harmony to it okay, we're basically trying to blend and we're trying to look as if we're shooting something that's going to look natural in that scene, but if you're going for contrast missing, then you might use complementary colors commentary colors are colors that are basically opposite each other on a color wheel so analogous are all next to each other complementary are opposite of one another now complementary colors create a very strong sense of contrast, but they also sort of match so you're not going to get this kind of strange juxtaposition you'll get a very solid juxtaposition I shouldn't say that that's such a weird word juxtaposition who says that? All right, well we get a good sense of contrast but the colors will still match so for example a very contrast ng looking this scene would be if we brought in yellows because yellows on the opposite side of blue on the color wheel so if we're going for contrast, if you want things to stand out, we would use commentary schemes if you want more harmonious we use analogous game. The other color that I want to talk about is a monochromatic color will now, when we think of monochromatic, generally think of black and white, but it doesn't have to be black and white monochromatic as far as black and white goes is based on grey, but you can also have monochromatic color schemes that are based on red are based on brown's or whatever tony want it's just basically a different shades of the exact same color. Okay, so for black and white it's, different shades of gray now monochromatic color schemes, they can create very much a sense of, well, timelessness or even surreal nous like everything in a scene if you kind of color match so everything is a different shade of red or of orange, it'll have a very surreal kind of feel to it. So these are the three times that we're using most often in our photographs and for this scene, we're going to shooting with an analogous color scheme. And so we have them were kind of blending into creating a really nice and harmonious look to the image and it's going to add a lot to the sense of purpose and kind of the overall tone and the image. So now we're done about talking about color. So why don't you say we actually get some photographs done? Let's, get some shots.

Class Description

Learn how to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.

To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

  • Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera
  • Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs
  • Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you
Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with SLR Lounge's Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images; all with no more gear than you started with. 



I watched this class "live" and was simply amazed at the amount of information Pye covered. Yes, he talks a little fast, and since I was streaming the class I couldn't stop it to review anything, but this guy really knows his stuff and explains it very well so I absorbed quite a bit. Bye is enthusiastic, clearly enjoys his craft, and delivers excellent information to students in a light heartedI and fun way. I think some reviewers are a bit harsh about his humor. Lighten up, people! His examples and the additional information his co-host provides are very worthwhile and you can tell the course was well thought out. I plan to buy the class to help me get back into DSLR photography.


I really enjoyed this class. I am not a beginner, but there were still things I learned here that I found helpful. I really enjoy learning from Pye. He is quick, gets to the point and doesn't spend a lot of time going over and over the same point. There is a wide variety of things that he covers, so really something for everyone. I would recommend purchasing this class if you want to understand your camera better, improve your technique and start taking better photos.

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I have tried to learn photography myself via the internet / YouTube but always felt like I was missing something in my foundation. Sure I can zero out my meter...but why? How do I know the settings I've selected are the correct ones? I've been circling this drain for a year until this course. WOW! Pye has SO MUCH information in every video. He doesn't just stand in a classroom and talk, he's out in the field actually putting his settings into his camera, talking about why and why not and then shooting. He's hands on the entire course. You don't just hear him, you see exactly what he's doing! I'm a visual / listening learner and this is my eureka moment! Thank you Pye! Watching the Exposure video and how you changed the settings yet maintained the exact same exposure was mind blowing. Awesome course! I would recommend this to anyone new to photography or anyone that feels like they don't have all the info.