Photo Workshop 3: Color

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Photo Workshop 3: Color

Color is a powerful tool in a photographer's belt, playing a role in conveying emotions, setting the mood, and enhancing the overall visual impact of an image. Here's how color plays a vital role in photography.

Atmosphere and mood
Colors play a role in establishing the atmosphere and mood of an image. A sunset bathed in warm hues can create a romantic or nostalgic mood, while a cold, blue-toned image may evoke a sense of isolation or mystery. Photographers can use color to manipulate the perceived atmosphere of a scene.

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Example One - New York City, NY. Photo by Kevin Huang, YWP Alumni Advisor

 

Evoking emotions
Different colors evoke various emotions. For example, warm tones like reds, orange, and yellows often create a sense of warmth, energy, and passion, while cooler tones like blues, purples, and greens can convey calmness, tranquility, or sadness. These color associations can set the mood and elicit specific emotional responses from viewers.

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Example Two - Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Photo by Kevin Huang, YWP Alumni Advisor

 

B&W vs color
Photography started with black and white, and over time, photographers have learned to harness the power of color to elevate their images. While color images offer a realistic portrayal of the scene, B&W images emphasize form and texture. When color distractions are removed, the shapes, lines, textures, and lighting contrasts are the focus.

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Example Three - New York City, NY. Photo by Kevin Huang, YWP Alumni Advisor

 

Overall, color is a powerful tool for photographers, allowing them to evoke emotions, create visual impact, convey messages, and shape the narrative of their images. Challenge yourself to play with color--try altering an image's tone and hue through a photo editing app or shoot in B&W mode on your camera.


Header Image: Gloucester, MA. Photo by Kevin Huang, YWP Alumni Advisor