Chris Marquardt ... Colorful

Episode 1716 (1:00:46)

Chris Marquardt

Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about colors in photography. Color can be an attention grabber, set a mode, or guide your eye and tell a story. Chris also says that hue, saturation and luminosity (or how bright it is) are the key elements of color. Color can be subdued, bright, or even pale or bold. Colors can be competing or complementary depending on what the photographer is trying to convey.  What is the dominant color? How does the color, or absence of it, lead the eye? Do they contrast? 

Check out these examples.

Chris tends to limit the number of colors in an image to 2-3, so the number of colors don't take away from or compete with the image. Color can also be the main character in video. Check out any film by Wes Anderson.

Homework - train your eye by taking pictures with only 1-2 colors in the image. Then shoot images with the most colors you can find and "cram in." See the difference. That will train your eye to see color when you shoot.

Our next photo assignment is - PAPER. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "PAPER" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGPAPER" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

Check out Chris' new one on one online photography workshop Photo Sensei.