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MLOK5
My Reality Check Bounced
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Allen, TX
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Selective Focus Using Color


There are several ways we can draw attention to our subjects in our photographs. One way to draw the viewer's eye to your subject is by using color creatively.

Different colors can evoke different emotions. Some colors make us feel warm and fuzzy like yellows, reds, and oranges. That's why those golden hours of the day, when the sun's light is much softer, can make for such beautiful photographs. Cooler colors on the other hand, evoke different emotions. Purple is usually associated with royalty, power, and uniqueness. Green, the color of nature, can be associated with youth, good health, cleanliness, and growth. Blues are soothing and peaceful.

We can use color as the primary subject of our photographs. We can use contrasting color to make our subject stand out. We can use colored filters to create a mood for our pictures. The list goes on.

Try using color to draw focus to your subject. The possibilities are limitless. Here are a few of my own examples.

What can you do with color?

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HeyDriver
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Telford, PA

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I love playing with colors!! Here are two versions of a shot I took while going by the runaway truck ramp on Cheat Mountain near Martinsburg, WV. The first is the original shot right out of the "box". The only thing I did was crop and resize. The second is a "tweaked" version of the first. I use the histogram adjustments in Paint Shop Pro. I played with the color settings and knocked a lot of the blue haze out of the picture. I also cropped, realigned, removed bug smears and resized.
By readjusting the color saturations via histogram adjustment it seems to make the signs in this shot leap out at me. Makes me feel like I'm back on that road.
I like the way that MLOK5 See Profile uses color in the setup for her shots. To me this kind of foresight is something I need to work on. But in my case, most of my shots are extremely candid. In a candid shot I've found that breaking out the histogram and saturation tools will do a lot for accenting colors.
I'm hoping I'm getting close to what Fritty was wanting for us to try this week.
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Walt
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MLOK5
My Reality Check Bounced
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Allen, TX
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Walt, this is great! What we're trying to do this week is draw attention to the subject of our picture using color. Your immediately drawn to the subject of your picture b/c of the vivid yellow and green signs. The lines in the road also help lead the viewer right into the picture. Nice job!

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HeyDriver
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Thanks!!
Amazing how the use of color can change our view of something.
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