Scene Change and Color Scheme | Transcription

I’ve shot plenty of shots top down with a wood flooring as our background. I’m going to make a couple simple changes and we’re going to get some really nice different shots. Now, I also want to take a moment and demonstrate how color schemes can really boost the overall quality and production value in your images.

What I want to do here is get a couple low angle shots for our newborn. Essentially from the newborn’s perspective as she’s sleeping in the basket. What we’ll do is get these close-up shots of Ellie’s face while kind of taking a nice little concept photo where we’re filling the majority of the frame with negative space.

To do this, we need to set up a backdrop, that way we don’t end up getting living room junk in our background. Now, from a color perspective, I think it be cool if these shots use an analogous color scheme with maybe pink being our primary color. I spent quite a bit of time studying color schemes for my photography and as a personal preference, I particularly love to use analogous and complementary color schemes within my photos.

To give you an idea, analogous color schemes involve using similar shades of a particular color. These are colors that are basically in close proximity of one another on a color wheel. On the other side, complimentary color schemes use opposing colors from the color wheel. These are colors that you would basically think that compliment or that match one another.

Again, whenever we can use color schemes in our images, we’re going to end up with a final image that has a much higher production value as it really ties everything together in the image. Generally, when I go into a shoot, I already have an idea of the colors that I’m using due to the kind of mood board planning. I’m not typically doing comparisons at the time of the shoot, although it’s not a bad idea if you do have the time to do it.

Afterward, I wanted to show you why the pink background works so well in my mind. I did a little set up with a white background just to show you the difference. Now, pinks are a naturally analogous color to the light tan colors that we see in the basket and in the baby’s skin tones. Kuler at kuler.adobe.com is a wonderful tool for putting together color schemes when you’re planning.

I set my base color to a pink that’s close to our background pink color and notice that our 2 analogous colors on the left side are very close to our skin color tones and to our basket color tones. With this loose analogous color scheme, we will see that the final image is going to have a very nice and consistent look to the overall colors in comparison to that white image with the white backdrop.

Now, I was only thinking to shoot a couple quick shots. I was basically just having Olivia hold the pink blanket up with her hands rather than setting up again the Backdrop Stand. Now, hanging the background in the stand would obviously be a better option but since I’m just shooting a very shallow aperture, it’s not going to matter too much. Plus the little bit of wrinkles in the cloth might just add a bit of extra nice texture to the background since it’s mostly blurred out anyway.

Our first shot is a closeup of Ellie’s face which you see here in this image. Again, since we’re shooting low and with the direction of our main window light, we don’t need to worry too much about adding the reflector as it already looks pretty great as it is. Now, at this point I’m going to back up a little. We’re going to frame Ellie at the bottom of the image and we’re going to shoot a wide shot with the background negative space basically filling the frame.

Again, negative space is great especially when it comes to creating albums and cards and other types of print products. I also like negative space just from an artistic standpoint as well but that’s a very subjective thing. Here is that second shot. As I mentioned earlier, just per illustrative purposes, I shot the same image with a white backdrop just to show you what the image would look like without the analogous color scheme and that we have here.

Notice how the shot with the white backdrop looks like it doesn’t quite have the same quality and production value as the shot with the analogous pink color scheme. It’s a difference that would actually be rather tough to pinpoint if we weren’t looking at these images side by side but the second image doesn’t look quite as good or wouldn’t have that professional feel if you will.

As a viewer, you’d simply not be quiet as impressed with the white background image, but when we see them side by side, you can see how the analogous pink color scheme, really ties together all the colors in the image and raises the overall  production value. Our color scheme is the reason.