Capturing the Joy of Colours

 
Indian festivals are all about colour. Base your photographs around a particular colour, which can make for a very powerful series. Photograph/Goutam Daw

Indian festivals are all about colour. Base your photographs around a particular colour, which can make for a very powerful series. Photograph/Goutam Daw

Wait and Watch
When shooting natural elements like evening skies, water bodies or even landmasses, observe the terrain for a while. Everyone is aware of the fact that sunsets can provide the most dramatic of colours. But what one does not realise is that if one keeps shooting after the brightest colour seems to have faded away, the richer, deeper hue may make itself visible. So, keep a look out for the moment, after “the” moment passes.

Create Drama with Black
Black is a colour too! This colour spontaneously conveys dramatism. Black can also lend a sense of mystery to your photographs. Think of silhouettes against a deep orange sunset.

The natural world contains the most beautiful colours for us to photograph. Photograph/Vinit Menon

The natural world contains the most beautiful colours for us to photograph. Photograph/Vinit Menon

The Importance of Light
When the subject and background are of a similar shade, you need to light them optimally so that they do not merge. Sidelighting can result in long shadows that separate the subject from the background. Rimlighting the subject will create an outline of light that can act as a separator.

Looking for Colour
Give yourself assignments. These can be daily, weekly or even yearly assignments wherein you limit yourself to shooting only one colour for a specific time period.

Compose Wisely
Decide whether you really need to include a particular colour and change your shooting angle accordingly. For example, if you wish to shoot only green grass and there is a bright blue flower in view, reposition yourself to avoid the flower.

You don’t need to go too far in search of colour. You can start in your kitchen, the storehouse of the yummiest colours ever! Photograph/Sheetal Thakker

You don’t need to go too far in search of colour. You can start in your kitchen, the storehouse of the yummiest colours ever! Photograph/Sheetal Thakker

Play with White Balance
Various WB presets give different colour effects to your photograph. For example, using Tungsten WB outdoors will add a blue cast on the image.

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Better Photography.

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