Basics Photography 03: Capturing colour by Phil Malpas

By Phil Malpas

Basics images 03: shooting color supplies readers a finished creation to the topic of color and the way to grasp its use within the means of photographic image-making.

The themes mentioned variety from uncomplicated color idea to the color temperature of sunshine and the way to exploit color to maximise the impression of compositions. an entire and intimate knowing of color is essential to the production of dramatic, emotive and strong photographic images.

The manner we elect to take advantage of color will tremendously impression the good fortune of our image-making.

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Other colour links are also apparent between the yellow shorts and the yellow building in the background and the kite and the foreground cobbles. Such links serve to strengthen the composition as a whole. I hope the result paints a warming portrait of the fun the young boy is having. Photographer: Phil Malpas. 6, ISO 50, no filtration. Light 50_51 50_ 51 The word photography has its source in two Greek words, phos meaning light and g r a p h i s meaning stylus or paintbrush. Thus photography is often described literally as painting or drawing with light.

Trichromats with a mutated form of the cone cells that are sensitive to long wavelengths have protanomaly and those with mutated medium wavelength cone cells suffer from deuteranomaly. Colour blindness caused by problems perceiving short wavelength light is called tritanopia for those lacking sensitivity and tritanomaly for those with mutated sensitivity. Short wavelength or blue-yellow colour blindness is caused by a genetic fault in chromosome 7 and is extremely rare. anomalous trichromat a person whose vision is based on three colours, one of which is defective deuteranopia a form of colour blindness characterised by an insensitivity to green dichromat a person whose vision is based only on two of the three primary colours monochromacy a rare form of complete colour blindness in which colours can only be distinguished by their brightness protanopia a form of colour blindness characterised by a defective perception of red, often confusing it with green or bluish green trichromat a person with normal vision that is based on all three primary colour tritanopia a form of colour blindness characterised by an inability to distinguish blue and yellow Colour blindness 36_37 36_37 Image as seen by a viewer with normal vision Image as seen by a protanope Image as seen by a deuteranope Image as seen by a tritanope ‘Dancing girls, young communists’ celebrations, Havana, Cuba Colour blindness affects people differently.

In terms of photography a study of colour and its hidden meanings can give clues as to why a particular image might be appreciated by one group of viewers and not another. When exhibiting prints, pay particular attention to the colour of the environment in which they will hang. If you work with models, consider the colours of clothing and backgrounds and try to enhance the effectiveness of your images by utilising colours that match your intended use. In general terms, warm colours will stand out and cool colours will recede.

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