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Use Color

Lesson 3 from: Apple iPhone Newborn Photography Tips

Julia Kelleher

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3. Use Color

Lesson Info

Use Color

Let's talk color the color wheel color theory I know is like our stuff but it's soul important it will really help make your image is better I'm going to talk about some minor minor concepts that air if you think about it when you start shooting with your iphone it's going make a world of difference in your images I want you to look at the red triangle at the black dot inside the triangle for twenty seconds just stare at it don't stop looking keep staring at that red triangle black dot and when I say so not yet when I say so you're going to move over to the black dot with nothing around it just in the white space so keep staring at the red five four three two one move over to the other side what do you see in that? Weird is such a cool exercise you see another triangle in its complement color like a green blue don't you? Isn't that strange? What is that doing? What does that say about your brain? Your brain looks for harmonious color and complementary colors are harm do have harmony th...

ere contrast ing and they bounce off each other but your brain synapses firing looks for that color it's the most incredible thing so if you produce images that work with the color harmonies, that image is going to be more appealing overall now whoever is looking at the image won't know why why they like it but with good color harmony there it's going to be a powerful impact on the image does that sense and when I tell you some accounts to look at on instagram for inspiration is something that you're going to see how they use color it's absolutely credible and some people color is really intuitive like they don't even know the color wheel but yet but that's because our brains naturally and psychologically want that color so keep that in mind it's a very interesting concept so let's look at a few color harmonies okay there's complimentary analogous try odjick monochromatic texts of color schemes and there's warm colors cool colors and neutral tones right so each color theory or color combination I should say has a different feeling so a complimentary color means colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel they vibrate against each other there are a lot of energy they're very happy you know christmas is red and green their opposite each other on the color wheel that's why christmas is so vibrant and colorful okay and has a feel good component with it doing images of children in complementary colors is a lot of fun because it means it comitatus this happiness okay spunky split coming complimentary is when you take one color go across to its complement and then split on either side to the secondary tone or try attic tone, I should say, and that really creates a neat color scheme as well. It's a little more calming, but it's still energizing? Then we have analogous colors that are on either side of a primary of a main color on the color wheel. Ok, so it's a very monochromatic look. Sometimes when I say monochromatic, I don't mean all black and white, I mean, all within the same color family ok and that's very calming, very soothing. I do that a lot with my work because I want the face, the portrait of the face to stand out, and if I use a very analogous color scheme, it tends to make that face be the center focus of the image, especially because faces are a color right there in the orange family orange, yellow, red family. So if I use an analogous color scheme in the blues and grays, that face is gonna go bands pop out could its opposite on the wheel, so if the faces have are in this color tone and I'm using blues over here that faces the first thing you're going to see, right and that's what I want in my portrait, so when I'm shooting children, I will often use that kind of neutral, calming blue, cool gray or warm brown tech tone, ok? Then there's, try attic. Those were the three across the wheel. That's, kind of a fun scheme to do the primary colors. Red, yellow and blue are like that. And then also kind of the greens, the oranges and the purples, which I actually prefer that traumatic scheme, more so than the traditional red, blue and yellow scheme. Because it's, so fun, it's. Just kind of a different spin on the traffic scheme.

Ratings and Reviews


I've just managed to watch this short class while my 18 month old had a nap. I have picked up so many useful tips, particularly on composition but also with how the iPhone camera functions. The suggested apps look fantastic - I would love to find a UK company a bit like which will make Instagram pics into books - such an amazing idea. If you can spare an hour and want to pick up some great tips, this course is worth the money. I now feel I have more tools to hand to get the most out of photography on my phone.

Peggy Nugent

I am in love with my DSLR and seldom use my phone camera for artistic shots. I watched this workshop only because it was part of Photoshop week. What a wonderful surprise when I not only picked up some great iPhone tips, but also a better understanding of what I had known vaguely and intuitively about composition power points. Way to go, Julia! Your class is totally worth the price of admission.

a Creativelive Student

Cool, part of PhotoWeek, 2015, just now watching. Cool info, Great introduction to learn more from there.

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