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.
What's in the course?
Weekly video tutorials that you can access whenever you want
Optional critiqued assignments so you can practice as you learn
Personal feedback from your tutor
Membership of MyClassroom – our virtual classrooms where you can meet your fellow students
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!
"I have found the composition course superb; far better even than I had hoped. I have read (or started to read) countless photography books over the years, but this course…