Color and Mood

A new class started at Sawtooth this week, Creating Dramatic Portraits Using Single Light and Continuous Light Sources. The class is geared towards creating a specific mood with a single, continuous light source.  Many of the photos we take will be low light, though some will be flooded with light, depending on the mood we are trying to capture.  We received a donation of colored gels this week, and I am anxious to add those to the mix too, seeing how not only the strength of the light but the color of the light affects the photos.

This got me thinking about the way that color affects the mood of a photograph and led to a series of experiments with not only the actual gels, but an app called Geló that adds a colored gel effect to your photos post capture.  I took a simple black & white photo of the shadow cast by a stair.  Then I added different gel colors to it.  The results are as follows:

The results are quite different based on the color of the gel.  Same with people:

So what’s the point of this post?  Experiment!  Keep in mind the way that color affects the mood of your photos and play.  Photography should always be about having fun, experimenting, and expressing yourself.  Using color is just another tool we have in our proverbial toolbox to add to that expression.

Until next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for your camera!



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