When a photographer wants a new challenge, they create one; something that will spark creativity. One way to do this is to create a project. The idea is to decide on a subject, a topic, or something that will give a group of images a cohesive feel, then take pictures that represent that challenge.
Color is one way in which photographers can create cohesiveness in their images and photography style. There is a fabulous commercial photographer who has an instantly recognizable style. Her name is Kaylee Greer and she owns Dog Breath Photography out of Boston. Her photos are up close and personal, and she uses bright, bold, colorful skies and backgrounds giving her art a very cohesive look no matter where the images were taken. Scroll through her client gallery of thumbnails and you'll see what I mean. She's amazing!
For this week's challenge of creating a color palette, I used Dash as my subject. This picture was taken in our back yard. We have lots of brown grass with a little bit of green, and lots of leaves. (Nothing says "lazy yard worker" like leaves on the ground after the snow thaws. guilty.) Since the colors in my photo of Dash were very dull, I gave it a warmer feel when I edited it.
If I wanted to make a collage of photos from say, different seasons or different stages in Dash's life then I would want them to be cohesive enough so that they didn't look odd together. One way to get a group of unrelated photos to work together is to make the coloring of the photos more consistent. This can be done when initially taking the photos or with post processing.
I chose a group of images that were taken in different places with different lighting - bright sunlight, overcast skies, snow, and one taken indoors. Since my photos were taken at different times in different places I can edit my images using a common color palette so that they are more pleasing as a group or collection.
Black and white doesn't work with just any image, but it can eliminate strong color differences that might throw off a group of photos.
If I'd rather have a color grouping, I can choose a look or a mood and create that same feel for each image. Since I like the editing on my initial image, I can edit the tone of the others until they all play well with each other. Even the snowy images have a warmer feel to them now.
If you'd like to see how other's worked color into their images for the challenge start with Becky at Future Framed Photography, South Dakota. You can make your way around the circle from there.
Hope you have a great weekend! (And, all you South Dakotans, hang on to your car doors! That wind is not letting up.)