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Often in photography, the importance of rule of thirds, composition or correct exposure is highlighted in order to get an eye-pleasing shot.
However, many photographers forget the importance of color and the impact it can have in a photograph.
Color is essential as it helps communicate with the viewer on an emotional level. It creates feelings and makes a photo joyful or dark. Look at movies and the various uses of color filters for example.
Color also plays an important role is visual storytelling. By including or excluding certain colors in your composition, or using complementary colors ( opposite side of the color wheel like green/red or orange/yellow), you can draw the viewer’s attention to what’s important. You want to guide the viewer towards the main subject and let him guess what the story is.
Having explained the importance of color, why don’t you take out your camera and experiment yourself?
And while you’re at it, why not test your luck and try to win £2000 to spend on travelling (or an iPad) with the Capture the Colour competition that our friends at TravelSupermarket are hosting?
In order to participate, head out to the Capture the Colour Photoblogging contest page, read the rules and publish your own post including 5 different photos representing each color (red, white, blue, yellow and green).
Once you’re done, nominate 5 bloggers and share your link to enter a chance to win.
Oh and by the way, this is no BS popularity contest where you have to like 65,476 pages and spam all your friends to vote for you. It’s a professionally judged contest by cool photographers, such as *cough* ME of course :)
Go on, show me your best!
Here’s my example of a post for this contest:
This is a typical Parisian scene to me. The red “Deuch” Citroen parked in front of an old Bistrot while a Bal-Musette is playing not far.
This is a scene from the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. This beautiful tree with its yellow leaves was in contrast with the rest of the surrounding. As if it was like living in a different season of its own, covering the world in yellow while backpackers are resting under its shade.
I found this dew drop on a clover on a foggy morning while walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. It was like stumbling upon a morning pearl in an ocean of green.
Similar to the photo above, this scene is a minimalistic scene with enough elements to grab the attention and give a sense of serenity. Blue is a cool and calming color. This scene was taken in Koh Samui, Thailand.
And the bloggers I nominate are:
- Dave Dean from What’s Dave Doing
- Dustin Main from Skinny Backpacker
- Brendan Van Son from Brendan’s adventures
- Chais and Shawna from Full Course Travel
- Pamela MacNaughtan from Spunkygirl Monologues