2020 Photo Challenge #32

August’s theme / technique: Colour Theory

Colour plays an important part in what we see. Our brains interpret colour far better than our cameras do. Anyone trying to photograph a red rose will know how often the photograph is very disappointing.

Successful colour photography means learning to use colour as a compositional tool – a form of visual communication – rather than just reproducing a scene that happens to be in colour.

Colour theory is not just knowing what colours are: primary, tertiary etc and how to make them, but understanding cool and warm colours, complementary (next to each other) and contrasting colours (opposites), neutral and bold colours and how colours can affect our emotions or perceptions of a scene.

      • Don’t overdo it. Too much colour or too many clashing colours can be confusing to the eye and create a chaotic scene.
      • Consider the time of day and the type of light which can affect how different colours appear.
      • If you are not happy with the colour in your image then try adjusting the saturation in post-processing. An image with lower saturation seems softer, dreamy and idealistic. An image with high saturation seems bright and exciting. Think about the feeling you want to convey with your image before deciding how much or how little saturation would best suit the scene.
      • Pay attention to the way you frame colour and use light to enhance it.
This week's assignment - Find a monochromatic scene consisting of varying shades of a single colour.
    • The key to a successful monochromatic image is to find scenes with good contrast throughout the image – you want the photo to have a dark version of the colour, a light one and a good range of tones in between.
    • Use Duotone or sepia-toned effects in your post-processing software to create a highly monochromatic scene
    • Views of the sea and sky contain a range of different blues
    • Sunsets can comprise of mainly oranges and reds
    • Flower close-ups often have very narrow, subtle shifts in colour.

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2020 Photo Challenge #31

August’s theme / technique: Colour Theory

If you want to see what this month’s assignments are in advance then please click here. All the assignments are available from the menu on the left under the 2020 Photo Challenge / Assignments.

Colour plays an important part in what we see. Our brains interpret colour far better than our cameras do. Anyone trying to photograph a red rose will know how often the photograph is very disappointing.

Successful colour photography means learning to use colour as a compositional tool – a form of visual communication – rather than just reproducing a scene that happens to be in colour.

Colour theory is not just knowing what colours are: primary, tertiary etc and how to make them, but understanding cool and warm colours, complementary (next to each other) and contrasting colours (opposites), neutral and bold colours and how colours can affect our emotions or perceptions of a scene.

      • Don’t overdo it. Too much colour or too many clashing colours can be confusing to the eye and create a chaotic scene.
      • Consider the time of day and the type of light which can affect how different colours appear.
      • If you are not happy with the colour in your image then try adjusting the saturation in post-processing. An image with lower saturation seems softer, dreamy and idealistic. An image with high saturation seems bright and exciting. Think about the feeling you want to convey with your image before deciding how much or how little saturation would best suit the scene.
      • Pay attention to the way you frame colour and use light to enhance it.
This week's assignment - Capture a scene with strong contrasting colours. Try using a simple composition so they are most effective, often some type of pattern arrangement works best.

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2020 Photo Challenge #30

July’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Space

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field
    • Space

Being Creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background.

    • If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
    • The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
    • Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
    • Create three dimensional space by shooting for a broad range of tones, from bright highlights to dark shadows, and varying shades in between.
This month's final assignment - try creating a 3D image. Take care to include elements in your foreground and background that work together to separate those two parts of the scene; ideally, you want the largest-appearing objects in the foreground and the smaller ones in the background..
Sculptures at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

This is an image I took several years ago, but I still love the perspective from which I composed the shot. The pears in the background are large pieces, but from this angle the ball seems much larger. I’m not sure this meets the assignment I set though.

[The earthen ceramics of Thainakuith artist and master ceramist Thanakupi (Gloria Fletcher) grace the collections of many state and national galleries and museums in Australia. Informed by an intimate knowledge of Thainakuith law and culture, Thanakupi’s ceramics reflected the complex narratives of her ancestors. Animals such as kangaroos, emus and fish consume the surfaces of her ceramic vessels and the spaces between are filled with the rhythm and energy of flowing vines. Source: National Gallery of Australia

Pear—version number 2 by George Baldessin, placed like ripe fallen fruit in the forecourt of the National Gallery of Australia, displays the artist’s abiding interest in the theatrical potential of art.  Source: National Gallery of Australia]

If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂

    • Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
    • Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
    • Get your post(s) in by the end of the week, as the new theme begins next  Sunday about Colour Theory.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this month’s creative challenges. As always please visit the links in the comment area.

2020 Photo Challenge #29

July’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Space

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field
    • Space

Being Creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background.

    • If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
    • The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
    • Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
    • Create three dimensional space by shooting for a broad range of tones, from bright highlights to dark shadows, and varying shades in between.
This week's assignment - Increase the sense of drama by increasing negative space.

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2020 Photo Challenge #28

July’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Space

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field
    • Space

Being Creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background.

    • If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
    • The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
    • Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
    • Create three dimensional space by shooting for a broad range of tones, from bright highlights to dark shadows, and varying shades in between.
This week's assignment - find a subject and try to create a dynamic scene. Then break the rule and create some tension in your photograph (such as a person staring at the edge of the frame / walking out of the frame / tightly cropped inside the frame). Try comparing the two scenes to see which works the best. Empty space or not?

These photos come from the time when the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh were given the freedom of the town of Ludlow along with Taffy the regimental goat.

The first image is of the soldiers marching towards me in the market square. With quite a bit of space for them to walk into.

Next shot is of them approaching much closer to where I was standing. Here the soldiers on the right still have room to move, but Taffy and his handler are almost walking out of the frame.

And a final shot when the space around them is very tight.

Which is your favourite?

If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂

    • Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
    • Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
    • Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in August.