Want bright, fun colors like in the picture above? I have rounded up some easy tips and tricks that will get you going in no time! And while we're at it... if you love Fabric Mod Podge (or would love to see more about it) please head on over to Mod Podge Rocks where this darling project is being featured! I am turning little man's baby blue wardrobe into something fabulously fitting for my little girl due in April!
I have a darling friend who asked me recently how I get vibrant colors in my pictures. Well, in truth, that is more than one post's worth of information. It is a complicated dance of lighting, of editing, and composition. Editing is a major component- at least in my work- in achieving vibrant hues. I use Adobe Lightroom, and strongly recommend looking into it if you are serious about your photography. If you are a teacher or a student, you can get a fabulous deal on any Adobe software- and Lightroom is definitely one product worth investing in.
First and foremost, go to your camera's menu, and see what quality photographs you are taking.
*If you have Lightroom, and want to be able to make non-destructive edits to your photos, you should shoot in RAW. RAW does use quite a bit more memory, and NEEDS to be edited to make your colors "pop", and also needs a little bit of contrast- but you can achieve a rich, vibrant color more easily with RAW.
*If you do not have Lightroom or Photoshop, make sure you are in JPEG. If you are accidentally or unknowingly shooting in RAW, you could be muting your colors without even knowing it. While my iPhoto will accept photos in RAW, it did nothing for them and my edits just looked fake or overly processed. Plus, if you shoot raw and don't have the software to truly make it shine, you are just wasting a ton of memory.
Second, while one of the posts below covers lighting, I can not stress this one enough- being in full shade outside, or shooting on a cloudy (not rainy) day, will make your colors look the best. It seems counter intuitive, but the sun washes out a lot of color, where as in shade, it shines. If you are taking photos inside, you need to be right next to a window with plenty of light spilling in. It will combat the yellowish hues from indoor lighting, and soften your photograph.
Ok, now that that is over, I am going to reference back to two of my previous posts that I think are the most helpful in achieving vibrant colors.
I've also rounded up some of my favorite sources for additional photography tips and tutorials:
Digital Photography School is a wonderful resource full of editing, lighting, software, lens, pretty much tips and tutorials on everything. They also allow you to upload photos and have others critique them. Don't worry- let them know your level, and ask specific questions on what you'd like to improve. The group members will be nice and very helpful. Many of the regular posters are fabulous professional photographers who can offer a lot of great advice.
Scott Kelby's blog, and his Digital Photography books, are one of the best places on the planet to find top notch, easy to understand advice.
What are your favorite photography information sites? What would you like to see me cover in the future?