This week I’ve been updated my online galleries and choosing pictures to offer as limited edition prints for sale. I was looking for eye-poppingly colorful images. There was a surprising amount of red! We all love a bit of red to get us energized. I’ve toned my portfolio down a bit (I don’t want to only be known because I photograph red things – I like blue things, too), but this week, your challenge is to:
Photograph the Color Red
You may need to post a few photos. Once you start looking for a pop of red, you won’t be able to stop with just one photo.
Since red is such an easy color to find, you may want to try to make this a bit more challenging. Maybe try for a photo that is almost completely red.
To make this more challenging, play with shades of red – every hue from pink to the deepest maroon.
Or maybe look for just one pop of the color. A popular thing to do is to photograph a scene featuring a bright red umbrella. This has been done – a lot – but there’s a reason! It’s fun and we all love a bright red umbrella in our photographs. If you haven’t made one of these photographs borrow a red umbrella and give it a go – I seem to have photos with every other color of umbrella, but not a red one. I know what I’ll be photographing this week!
Red is also a popular color to use when making selective color images. Make everything in your photo black and white except the red umbrella. If you don’t know how to do this, search for selective color on YouTube. I’m sure there’s a tutorial or two – or three. I work in Lightroom and all you have to do is go to the HSL panel and turn down the saturation on every color except red. There are ways to fine tune this technique, but this will get you started if you want to play with selective color this week.
Red is a vibrant color with energy and pizazz. Maybe try to work that into your photo, looking for a subject that is as vibrant as the color. Or be a bit more ironic and look for a pop of red where you’re not really expecting it or where it doesn’t seem to fit.
Whether you focus on nature, architecture, or street, I hope I have you seeing red this week!
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Welcome to Wits End Photography blog, my name is Jenn Mishra. I'm an American photographer born in Colorado and based in the St. Louis metro area. I love to travel, but even when at home, I try to keep the same sense of adventure – looking for novelty in the everyday; finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Some photos are available for purchase at www.witsendphotography.com
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