The Science of Color: Creative Decisions & Editing

The Science of Color: Creative Decisions & Editing

In their quest for better images, photographers often overlook the importance of color. Kate Woodman breaks down the science of color and will show you why you need to make color a driving force behind all of your image making. By understanding color balance, color harmonies and how to manipulate color Kate, will show you how you can control mood and emotion for effective storytelling.

The Science of Color: Creative Decisions & Editing
  • Intro To Science Of Color

    Join photographer, Kate Woodman, on a journey of color. Explore her interest in relationships, concepts, and ultimately great color work. Conceptualize color theory, through location and studio shooting, and intelligent retouching. Learn the Science of Color and bring intentional vibrance to your...

  • The Purpose of Color

    Learn the definition of color. Examine it as a wavelength of light and how we perceive the spectrum. Consider the phycological, emotional and even physical responses color can elicit from us. Examine the specific influence of the color blue.

  • Properties of Color

    Expand upon the definition of color by breaking down its individual properties. Define and visualize the properties of hue, saturation, and luminosity. Understand concepts such as tinting, shading, toning, low-key vs high-key imagery. Focus on the interdependent nature of color's properties to be...

  • Color Mixing

    With the definition of color and its 3 main properties, examine the visible spectrum of light in the construct of a color wheel. Compare the RGB and CMYK color models. Define complementary, primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Examine the specific influence of the color green.

  • Color Harmony

    Define and understand the concept of Color Harmony. Visualize color comparing and contrasting monochromatic, complementary, split complementary, double split complementary, triadic, quadratic and analogous harmonies. Examine the specific influence of the color orange.

  • Harmony Example

    After defining and examining some simpler analogies of color - its properties and harmonies, begin to examine photographer, Kate Woodman's imagery. Test your ability to decipher color harmonies for yourself. Examine the specific influence of the color pink.

  • Color Balance

    Understanding that the theory and science behind color can present complex and abstract concepts, explore a tangible analogy of color harmonies. Observe and visualize the relationship of color utilizing an actual color wheel to explore balance, saturation, harmony and compliment. Examine the spec...

  • Luminosity Contrast

    With an understanding of color contrast focus on the importance of luminosity contrast. Explore and visualize the relationship between color and luminosity. Examine the dimensional spectrum of color as it relates to luminance. Examine the specific influence of the color red.

  • Perception

    Continue to build on your understanding of color by differentiating brightness versus lightness. Use specific examples from photographer, Kate Woodman, to contextualize brightness and lightness. Explore environmental imagery and see how color communicates weight, orientation, and dimension. Exami...

  • Psychology

    Study the ideas behind Resonance Theory. Begin to connect how we are intimately connected to the frequencies of color around us. Observe specific examples of imagery from photographer, Kate Woodman, to see what kind of emotional responses color can elicit. Examine the specific influence of the co...

  • Monochromatic Shoot

    Theory is not very useful without application. Join photographer, Kate Woodman, as she puts the theory of color into practice. Iterate through a series of images as she captures warm, funny and even cheeky moments to realize an in studio photo shoot with the monochromatic color harmony. Focus on ...

  • Split Complementary Shoot

    With a new wardrobe and styling, practice implementing the ideas behind a split complementary color harmony. Produce a series of images to create a practical understanding of this color harmony. Watch as photographer, Kate Woodman, crafts a different narrative with the same in studio setup, by us...

  • Retouching Introduction

    Having completed the Monochromatic and Split Complementary photoshoots, sit down with photographer Kate Woodman as she retouches her imagery. Cull through the options using Capture One. Learn to see color through her honed and experienced eyes as she examines how color is telling the story throug...

  • Monochromatic Retouch

    After culling through the first 2 studio shoots, using Capture One, begin retouching an image from the Monochromatic Shoot inside Photoshop. Starting with a simple execution, connect the concepts of hue, saturation, lightness, and luminosity with practical application. Learn to manipulate color w...

  • Split Complementary Retouch

    With an image selected from the Split Complementary shoot, work with photographer Kate Woodman, as she retouches an image that uses a complementary color harmony. Leverage photoshop to control hue and saturation, masking to preserve skin tones, selective color and density. Create a graphic, impac...

  • On Location Introduction

    Change focus and move on location with photographer, Kate Woodman, as she develops a highly conceptualized shoot. Follow her as she gives an informative look at her considerations during scouting, casting, styling, lighting and framing a shoot. Connect Kate's interest in human relationships and t...

  • Scouting

    Look at scouting a location through the prism of color. Watch as photographer, Kate Woodman, examines an eclectic home and its subsequent details. From flooring to ceiling, wallpaper to furnishings, see how Kate examines a space to develop her creative. See the application of color theory applied...

  • Casting

    With a concept in mind and a location scouted, examine how photographer, Kate Woodman, approaches casting a shoot for this on location piece. Learn how authenticity, relationships, and even hair color played a role in selecting the mother and 2 sisters as the cast for the shoot.

  • Styling

    Go deeper into understanding why the styling and wardrobe was selected for this American Farm piece. See what Kate selected for styling in wardrobe to work in complement to the location, the timeless aesthetic, the surrounding farm environment and existing color palette of the property.

  • Lighting

    Watch as Kate discusses her thoughts on lighting for this traditional concept, on location shoot. Learn how all of the factors played a role in her decision making on how to light each setup.

  • Framing

    Observe as photographer, Kate Woodman, develops her framing for the on location shoot. Hear her philosophy on using a cinematic approach to framing her stories. Examine her composition and perspective and realize the intention behind all of her choices as they culminate in capturing various scene...

  • Retouching Introduction

    With the On Location shoot complete, sit down with photographer, Kate Woodman to cull through her imagery, as she selects the best concepts for retouching in Photoshop. Prepare the images for a more robust and in depth retouching process and put all of the theoretical pieces of color theory into ...

  • Luminosity Adjustments

    Using Photoshop, retouch an iconic image with photographer, Kate Woodman. Use the abstract theory, studio, and location shoots to inform your work as you follow her thought process to create a vibrant, cinematic image. Use hue, saturation, contrast, luminosity and understanding of color harmonies...

  • Color Analysis

    With cleanup and luminosity contrast complete, explore 3 main categories of color application. Split-Toning, Color Blocking, and Global filters. Define and distinguish these applications before you finalize the color grade of the on location image.

  • Color Grade

    For the final section of this course, apply all of the theory and Science of Color to grade an iconic, cinematic image from photographer, Kate Woodman. Approach the grading process with an informed mindset and build an intentional color grade that evokes and elicits specific emotion that will res...

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