The glorious colours of summer are fading away, and the windy weather makes outdoor macros difficult. In other words, it’s the perfect time to take photography inside and stage creative photos with things around the house. Anything could be an ingredient in your creative recipe. These ingredients can be simple things, such as in this example: A CD, a Milkweed seed and some water, put together on a reflective piece of glass, made for the images in this article.
If you’re a photographer or retoucher, perhaps you perceive color better than an average human. But is it really the case? The UK-based vision care company Lenstore has created a test that lets you check your color perception. It’s super-fun but pretty difficult, so the results may surprise you.
There are quite a few colorblind photographers out there. While this doesn’t stop them from creating fascinating photos, it doesn’t come without its challenges. Canadian photographer David Wilder is colorblind and it was only recently that he saw full colors for the first time. His friend Rachel Jones Ross filmed his wonderful reaction as he put EnChroma glasses and discovered full colors of a sunrise. You can watch it in the video below, but be warned: you might need a tissue. I know I did.
In his previous tutorial, Malaysian photographer Andrew Boey showed you why a white wall is the only backdrop you’ll ever need. After turning white to black, in his latest tutorial, he teaches you to get all kinds of vibrant colors from a plain white wall. You don’t need a backdrop or Photoshop, but some speedlights, light modifiers and color gels.
Sometimes, a few household items and vivid imagination are all an artist needs to create a masterpiece. This timelapse video is a perfect example. Creative filmmakers Thomas Blanchard and Oilhack teamed up to create an abstract, trippy and colorful timelapse using nothing but some paint, oil, milk and liquid soap. They captured the motion and the unpredictable game of the liquids in a video titled Galaxy Gates.
No matter if you are a fan of Pink Floyd or not, I’m sure you know the cover of their iconic album The Dark Side of the Moon. After all, as photographers, you are familiar with the phenomenon it depicts.
Young photographer Mason Maxwell turned that phenomenon into a photo that pays a tribute to one of Pink Floyd’s most famous albums. He created a surprisingly accurate replica of the cover, using sunlight, prism and cardboard. It sounds fairly simple, but it was more complicated that you would think. Mason shared some details of taking the shot with us, and it was quite a challenging process.
I have never tried to put this into written words before but here goes – I am colourblind. And I am a photographer. In my particular case, and in the majority of those that are “colour challenged”, being colourblind doesn’t actually mean we cannot see colours. Or at least, without borrowing your eyes and brain for a while and comparing what we see, I don’t believe this to be the case. Technically what it means is I have colour vision deficiency, which means my eyes and brain interpret things differently to you “normal” people. I lack the ability to interpret the full spectrum of colours, and quite often get confused by shades of colours that are very close together. My particular type of colourblindness has been diagnosed as “Strong Protan” and apparently I can only see anywhere from 5%-10% of the shades of those that have no form of colour vision deficiency.