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Photographing The Colors of Nature

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Color is very important in photography although some styles purposely eliminate it, it is still the most popular theme when approaching most photography.

Many photographs stand out simply because they feature an exceptional color palette, yet others stand out because the colors complement the scene.

Whatever your idea for taking photographs that feature exciting colors, the photographs must still be visually arranged to display the best the scene or subject has to offer. The main elements have to be a good vibrant color scheme, a good composition, good perspectives, complementing elements and a good handle on the technique.

Having the right gear also helps to make or break the shot. It doesn't help if you find a beautiful subject which features a beautiful color scheme but because you have the wrong lens you are not able to get a close up of it and the surrounding scenery distracts from the main point of interest or if you locate a colorful flower but it is draped in shadows. Not having a flash will render the color in a muted scheme.

There are many sources for locating luscious colors and they can be found almost anywhere in many shapes and designs. Color is important if you want to attract a viewer and can often be the main cause that keeps the eye focused on a photograph.

One of the best sources for strong rich colors is nature. Here you are faced with an endless supply of most colors that the human maid can fathom and the good thing about photographing colors found in nature is that it's free and rather easy.

Make your color project by carefully examining the most easily available colors within your reach but only choose the most vibrant colors that you can and make sure that the photos are creatively done. Using various angles and perspectives will go a long way towards making the shots be pleasing ones.

The idea is to use only naturally occurring colors; no Photoshop, no human touch and nothing artificially created should form part of the project.

Do not limit yourself to taking only photographs of flowers, although many of the most striking colors are present in many. There are insects, such as butterflies, birds, green pastures sunsets, fruits, vegetables and many other subjects that can offer you the opportunity of capturing truly beautiful samples.

The subjects can be bathed in a solid color hue or they can also incorporate many different color variations. This is up to you. You may use a filter in order to enhance some colors but try to keep this to a minimum.

Take some long shots if the scene is full of color and it will show well in the photos. Take some close ups to capture details in texture and do macro if you want to place emphasis in an abstract shape and motif.

This is a great photo exercises for a book publishing purpose for posters, greeting cards, many online platforms, many photography publications, nature publications and fine art galleries. No other theme offers as many commercial avenues as doing a nature based photographic project and if it's full of colorful images that are technically sound and pleasing to look at , then your chances to be published increase that much more.

Keep in mind that anytime you submit photos to any publication it helps if they are accompanied by an article that is relevant to the shots. This makes the job of a publisher easier and it increases your chances of making a sale. However, never submit unsolicited material, get submission guidelines and rules before hand.

Be creative, do your best to be technically perfect and be your own worst critic. No matter how colorful the subject is a wrong composition will ruin the shot and the overall intended effect.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      tamron: Thank you. I personally like the duckling

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      tamron 4 years ago

      I like the frog the best. He looks like he will jump out at you. lol

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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      catchadream: Thank you

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      catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

      Beautiful pictures, nature photography is my favorite.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      ChitrangadaSharan: Thank you

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful photographs and interesting hub!

      I love to capture photographs of mother nature, though I am not an expert in it. Nice tips! Thanks.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      RTalloni; Thank you

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      An interesting read with some beautiful examples of brightly colored nature shots--thanks!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      nybride710: thank you

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      Lisa Kroulik 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Gorgeous pictures. I agree that "enhancing" color with Photoshop just detracts from it. These pictures are breathtaking because they are natural.