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Tutor’s report and reflections for assignment 3

Tutor Report Shaun Mullins 512659 TAOP asst 3

Again, I read up as much as I could on this subject and taking on board earlier comments have now started to include referencing my books in my blogs.  I have also invested in a screen calibration tool called a Spyder4 which re-calibrated my screen for colour reproduction on my computer to help me when editing my photos in Lightroom or Photoshop.  This I believe is my secret to successful colour reproduction when printing.

I take Mikes point about choosing a single theme and on reflection that would have been a very good idea.

Colour harmony through complementary colours.

Blue and orange-resized Color-Wheel-by-HomeWorkshop   I used this colour wheel which guided me in the decision to use the photo of the cat as the blue and orange appear to be opposite each other on the wheel. I think perhaps I needed an element that was a brighter orange to have worked better.

Red and green-resized  The rose and the green background are of a similar tone to each other and so this is why they work so well.

Violet and yellow-a   Yes, Mikes comments are fare, this image needed a bit more work to give it punch.

Orange and blue-a-resized  I was trying for something more imaginative and maybe I could have cropped in tighter and shifted to grey-tone to turn the hands a neutral grey and used Photoshop the bring back the colours in the ring and nails.

Colour harmony through similar colours

Apple red and orange-resized   A good example of keeping it simple.

Yellow and orange-2-resized   I saw this whilst walking my dog along the river and quickly photographed it on my phone.

Blue and green-resized  I wasn’t entirely happy with this picture but it was the last image I needed for my assignment and I was pressed for time; so had to use it. The idea was sound but my choice of clothing was poor as it wasn’t strong enough for the lighting I had.

Green yellow and blue-resizedI simply added the blue straw to try to make it more interesting by adding an odd one out but is still following the rule as blue is next to green but I should have put it between green straws instead of being attracted to the contrast which was not the object of this exercise. Perhaps it was just one straw too far.  This may have been a better image to have submitted.  Green and yellow-resized

Contrasting colours 

Sarah blue and red-resized  I think the was stuck under another print and was missed.

Red and yellow-resized   Worked better in print than on screen. I will keep this image for reference.

Red and Blue-2-resized  I was not too familiar with the setting for the camera on my phone at the time and it was one of those moments to quickly catch the image.

Orange and green-resized  I was pleased with this image.

Colour Accent

Blue and orange-resized  Again it works when I keep things simple.

Orange and green-resized-a  I was pushing this a bit but I thought it worked.

Violet and blue-resized  Yes, on reflection I agree I should have used more skittles and given more attention to their matching colours.

Green and violet-resized  I like taking portraits and using a colour accent added an interesting element.

I learned a lot from this section of the course, much more than I originally expected.

Assignment Three – Colour

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Assignment brief – COLOUR.

In this assignment I had to create sixteen images demonstrating a command of colour in photography by being able to find and use different colours in deliberate relationships.  This was divided in to four categories:

  • Colour harmony through complementary colours. – These are colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel.
  • Colour harmony through similar colours. – These are colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel.
  • Colour contrast through contrasting colours. – These are colours that sit one third of the way around the colour wheel from another colour.
  • Colour accent. – Images dominated by one colour with a small area with another colour using any one of the above relationships.

Colour Harmony Through Complementary Colours.

Blue and orange-resized

50mm f1.8. ISO 100, 1/30sec, f/2.2.  TTL-Speedlite used. Blue office chair with my cat and enticed using cat treats.  Idea originated from my cat  jumping on to my lap when I am working and his colour worked against my chair.  Lightroom used for colour, contrast , levels,and sharpness.

Red and green-resized
This idea was inspired from my last project.  105mm f/2.8.  ISO 160, 1/6 sec. f/7.1.  Camera mounted on tripod, light reflectors used, no flash.  Lightroom for colour , levels, contrast and sharpness.

Violet and yellow-a
This image was inspired by a suggested project in Practical Photography Magazine, published last year and was fun to do on a rainy day.  105mm f2.8.  ISO 100, 1/30 sec. f/36.  Camera mounted on tripod and operated by cable release. Material used: yellow felt and violet tissue paper.  Subject was lit by hand held LED torch.  Adjustments in Lightroom for colour and sharpness and Photoshop was used for spot healing to remove bubbles in the water and a fold across the tissue paper.

Orange and blue-a-resized
I have seen similar images of hands with painted nails and liked the idea for this theme. 105mm f/2.8.  ISO 100, 1/125 sec. f/11.  Speedlite used off camera by remote controlled from command setting in camera.  Lightroom used for contrast, levels, colour and sharpness.

Colour Harmony Through Similar Colours.

Apple red and orange-resized
This image was inspired by my lunch the red in the apple and the orange of handle from the peeling knife and complementing orangy colour from my kitchen table-top worked well together.  105mm f/2.8.  ISO 100, 1/3 sec. f/11.  Camera mounted on tripod operated by cable release.  Off camera speedlite bounced off ceiling.  Lightroom used for contrast, colour and sharpness.

Yellow and orange-2-resized
This was some rubbish floating in the river, I discovered whilst walking my dog I moved the polystyrene orange block closer to the bag and photographed them using the camera on my phone.  Samsung 4mm f/2.6. ISO 50, 1/125 sec. f/. 2.6, exposure bias -2 steps. Just a tiny amount of Cropping using Lightroom.

Blue and green-resized
This was inspired by a project in Digital Photo magazine last year.  Two “Selfies” blended together in Photoshop.  Both images – 50mm f/1.8.  ISO 250, 1/50 sec. f/11.  Speedlite off camera used for outside subject to add some additional light.  Both images adjusted in Lightroom for colour and contrast then edited in Photoshop in order to merge both images in to one.

Green yellow and blue-resized
Drinking straws using diagonals as a theme, I added a blue straw to be an odd one out and it sits on the other side of the green on the colour wheel; so I thought it still keeps to the rules. 105mm f/2.8.  ISO 100, 3 sec. f/36.  Straws lay over a box using plasticine to hold them in place.  Camera mounted on tripod, speedlite off camera bounced of ceiling and reflector used.  Lightroom used for contrast, levels, colour and sharpness.

Colour Contrast Through Contrasting Colours.
Sarah blue and red-resized
This portrait was simply inspired by my wife sitting at our kitchen table with a vase of roses between us.  50mm f/1.8.  ISO 100, 1/60 sec. f/2.5, in built speedlite used for catch light in eyes.  Lightroom used for colour, contrast, clarity and sharpness.

Red and yellow-resized
Roses and Daffodils simply inspired from flowers around the house.  105mm f/2.8.  ISO 160, 1/125 sec. f/4.  Camera hand held, reflector of stand used.  Adjustments made in Lightroom for colour, contrast and sharpening.

Red and Blue-2-resized
This image was taken using my mobile phone.  I had trouble trying to zoom and as a result I had to crop the image; so loosing quality for the final print.  Samsung 4mm f/2.76.  ISO 50, 1/35, f/2.6, exposure bias 0 step.  Cropped using Lightroom.

Orange and green-resized
This enigmatic still life was inspires by my wife’s jewellery, an Arabic henna vase and a green scarf.  105mm f/2.8.  ISO 250, 1/125, f/9.  Off camera Speedlite, camera hand held.  Adjustments made to colour, levels, contrast and sharpness in Lightroom.

Colour Accent.
Blue and orange-resized

The swan with his orange beak on the river which was reflecting a cold blue sky inspired this image.  55 – 300mm f/4.5-5.6.  300mm, ISO 640, 1/500, f/9.  Adjustments made in Lightroom, cropped, levels, colour, contrast and sharpness.

Orange and green-resized-a

The green eyes of my cat were the natural inspiration for this image.  105mm f/2.8.  ISO 400, 1/50 sec. f/3.2.  Speedlight used, camera hand held.  Colour, contrast, levels and sharpness adjusted in Lightroom.

Violet and blue-resized

My original idea was to create an image photographing these coloured sweets through a bowl of oil and water; but changed my mind and kept it simple.  105mm f/2.8.  ISO 160, 1/13 sec. f/4.  Off camera speedlite bounced off ceiling.

Green and violet-resized

I used the violet wool broach on my wife’s jumper that makes a good colour accent for this portrait.  50mm f/1.8.  ISO 100, 1/125 sec. f/11 off camera speedlite, camera hand held. Lightroom used to adjust, levels, clarity, colour, contrast and sharpness.