Fourth of July is just around the corner! From decorations, to flags to clothes to thematic treats, red, white, and blue will be everywhere!  If you don’t live in the USA or don’t celebrate 4th of July, not to worry, red, white and blue can be found everywhere. These colors are bold and vibrant making them great summer colors!  I know what a creative bunch you are so take the lead! Go beyond the traditional and look for the unexpected.

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. As usual, there are some things to think about when photographing red, white, and blue.

Photographing Color: Red, White, & Blue

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Week 27: June 29-July 5

1. Read your histogram. Knowing how to read your histogram will not only help you when photographing the color white but also comes in handy when photographing the color red. It will also help you from overexposing your nice blue skies! When looking at your histogram,you are going to want to have your lights and darks balanced. I look at my histogram when I am shooting whites. I want to make sure that I don’t blow my white channel. This may mean that I have to underexpose and fix the lighting during post-processing.

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2. Find some shade. This comes in handy particularly when you are photographing the color white. White in direct sunlight can result in your subject looking as if they are glowing! The same can happen when photographing the color red. If you overexpose your reds, you may notice some “hot spots” when you looking at your final image. By taking your subject in the shade, you can eliminate these hot spots..

3. White balance! You know from a few weeks ago that your white balance can make or break your photo. This not only matters when photographing whites but also other colors as well such as red and blue. When photographing the colors together, you can get creative with your white balance. Want it to look vintage? Choose a warmer white balance. Looking for true colors? Use the proper white balance.

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4. Check your color setting. If you are shooting in JPEG, you can control your color settings. Just like with white balance, this is another way to control the final look of your photo. The combination of red, white, and blue can be bold and vibrant so you may want to set your color setting to “Vibrant.” Just be careful if you have a lot of red in your photo! When shooting the color red in the vibrant setting, your reds may look like they are bleeding. You may want to stick to the normal setting and play around with the colors during post-processing.

5. Remember your color theory. The color blue is a cool color that gives a feeling of cold. By adding some red to a predominately blue photo, it will warm up and your viewers perspective will change. By using color creatively, you can make a great impression on your viewer.

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This week, your challenge is to photograph the colors red, white, and blue. Get creative! The possibilities are endless! Make sure you share your photos on Facebook.


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