It's Week #19: Blue

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Blue holds a special place in photography. If you watched my video on Complementary Colors, you will see just how much blue is utilized in picture, in order to obtain a certain ‘look’. In photography, blue is generally referred to as “cool,” while orange is generally referred to as “warm.”
Blueish tones will give the sense of solitude, seriousness, darkness. Orange tones will give a sense of warmth, friendliness, daytime.
Allow the color of your photograph, and the colors in your photograph, to tell your story.

 Tips and Tuts:

  • We now know that BLUE pairs well with ORANGE. Consider using complementary colors in your shot.
  • Blue is not just a color, it can also be a mood, or an emotion. Think outside the box!
  • Although it’s not the extra credit this week, consider using flash gels to push the tone in your image.
  • Paint a scene. Well no, not literally, but what story are you trying to tell? What emotion are you invoking? Expanse? Night-time? Murder? Allow the color to help tell your story, as opposed to just having some ‘blue’ in your photo.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Night” album from 2013, and as always, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

 Extra Credit: Blue Hour!

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at shooting during the beautiful time of day known as “blue hour”! Blue hour is that 30-40 minute window of time right before sunrise and right after sunset when the sun is below the horizon, giving the sky a deep blue hue. Not sure when your blue hour is? Find out here!

And of course, check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Have you seen my video about the best export settings for your photos? Check it out!!

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