Fine Art Colour Photography

Working With Colour For Amazing Photographs

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  • Skill Level: Intermediate

  • Course length: 4 weeks

  • Next start dates: 6th January 2016 & 3rd February 2016

  • Course price: £145 (Approx. US$232)

Phil Malpas’s Colour Photography Book is considered by many to be the bible on colour in photography and this course is designed to take your art photography to the next level!  This online photography course gives students a comprehensive overview, of the subject of colour and how to master its use in the image-making process. The topics covered range from  colour theory, and colour temperature of light to how to use colour to maximise the impact of your compositions. Students learn how to successfully predict how the camera will react in different conditions, and how to use filters to deal with a variety of lighting situations. Find out how to tighten your compositions by minimising the colour palette and discover alternative approaches, such as false colour infrared.

This course will teach you to fully exploit the use of colour in your images. How to use color to generate dynamic images, and how to successfully translate captured color into the photographic print. Fully illustrated with clear and concise diagrams and inspiring photographs, this is an ideal course for photographers at every level who want to master color in order to create their own exciting images.. You will find out how to tighten your compositions by minimising the colour palette and how to use colour to maximise impact. You will also discover how digital colour actually works and how to creatively post process your images.

Each section is packed with hints, tips and technical information to help you create your own exciting images and develop your own mastery of fine art colour photography.

 Course Content

Week One: Colour Theory

The first lesson will cover basic colour theory, analysing the way colours are created and their relationships with each other. Topics will include colour schemes, digital models for colour definition and how to use this information in practice to generate harmony, contrast and drama in your image making. Individual colours will be studied and their emotional, cultural and psychological impacts discussed. This basic grounding in colour theory is designed to give the student all the tools necessary to use colour to the maximum advantage.

Week Two : The Colour of Light

The second lesson will cover Colour Temperature of various light sources and how to render them effectively using White Balance. Exactly how White Balance works will be discussed in detail. Students will be advised how human vision can be fooled and opportunities for fantastic colour images can be missed without careful attention to camera settings. We will also take the opportunity to look at false colour infrared, discuss how easy it is to do and look at the kind of effects that can be achieved in this exciting area of digital photography.

Week Three : Digital Colour & Filtration

In this lesson, we will start by looking at a few examples of colour images where the colours themselves tell something of a story. Following that we will consider the importance of exposure, particularly in the digital world, and learn precisely why contrast is the enemy of colour photography. We will briefly analyse the RAW versus Jpeg debate and look at how we can manage colour successfully by using filters to help us to capture colour in all its glory

Week Four : Using Colour

In this lesson, we will start by taking a deeper look at the social, psychological and cultural meaning of colour. This will be followed by a look at the benefits of minimising the colour palette, de-saturating colours and the true beauty of monochrome. We will then move on to look at false colour infrared photography, how you might do it and what results you can expect. I’d like to start by taking another, more detailed look at Red!

 Online Course Benefits

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from, and access to, some of the best tutors in the world.
  • Weekly video tutorials, allowing you to revisit lectures again and again.
  • Weekly assignments which are critiqued by your expert tutor - most students find this feedback one of the most valuable aspects of the course
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript (your own four part ebook of the course)
  • All this is done within 'MyClassRoom' - your own virtual, community based global classroom
  • Vibrant social network communities
  • At the end of your course, if you successfully complete your course, you will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge (available to download from your classroom)

To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!


Photography and Color

This Photography Course gives students a comprehensive introduction to the subject of colour and how to master its use in the image-making process through photography workshops and tutorials. The topics discussed in photography classes range from basic colour theory to the colour temperature of light and how to use colour to maximise the impact of your compositions. 

Since its invention in the 1830s, there have been two major revolutions in photography. For more than half of its history, photographic visualisation was exclusively monochrome, exploiting form, texture and tone to create successful images. Contrast was managed through precise control of exposure and development to render a full range of tones in the photographic print.

Almost 100 years later everything changed as full colour photography became commercially viable for the first time. Contrast became the enemy as in excess it led to reduced saturation and the failure to capture the full glory of colour. Photographers were able to put texture and tone to one side and simply use the colour of objects as their key compositional tool.

More recently, the digital revolution has led to a deep analysis of the true meaning of colour and how to define specific tones, hues and degrees of saturation. It has become necessary for photographers to posses far greater technical knowledge about colour and its correct representation in their work.

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