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The World of Color Through My Camera Lens

Updated on October 23, 2014

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Colors Help Me Create a Digital Photobook

My eyes have always been drawn to color - red doors on gray houses, piles of yellow blossoms caught on concrete stair-cases, bright blue shorts on youngsters playing on a beach and most especially depths of flower petals. A camera, one kind or another, has always been an almost constant companion since elementary school. This all adds up to boxes of photos and now to discs of photos.

Last year, I entered an online photo contest. My consolation prize was a free photobook courtesy of the sponsoring company. At a loss to come up with a birthday gift for my sister, I decided to use the prize and make a book for her about color with some of my photographs.

Much to my amazement, she loved it! She shared it with her friends and burbled over with thanks and praise. That's powerful encouragement, isn't it? I think that if I get started early enough I'll be able to put together another for this year's birthday. This project will be photos from our childhood and school years. It's easy to guess that I've been sorting through my Mom's old family photos.

I can not show my sister's birthday book to you. But I can share some of the photos and sayings that I used. I either made up the sayings, or copied them from online web sites which did not attribute them to anyone.

All photos on this Hubpage: © Georgene A. Bramlage

Yellow is the color of sunshine. - "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music." Joan Mir (1893 to 1983)

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Keep Your Photos "Tight"

Frame the action, object or person "up close and personal." Easy to do by cropping out busy background or too many figures. Better yet get use to making tight pictures by composing and moving forward a few steps before snapping the photo.

Blue is the color of calm and relaxation.... - "The chief function of color is to serve as expression." Henri Matisse (1869 to 1954)

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Limit Objects or People

For more impact and greater interest, zero in on fewer than three people or objects. Unless of course you want to include a super big group photo!

Red is the color of energy, passion and action. - "A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful." Henri Matisse (1869 to 1954)

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Picasa Photo Viewer and Organizer

Picasa is a free downloadable Google product that helps not only to view and organize your photos, but is a simple editor that helps with processes like cropping, straightening, creating collages and even adding frames.

Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. - " Green is the primary color of the world and that from which its lovliness arises." Pedro Caldern de la Barca

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Primary and Secondary Colors

Yellow, blue and red are primary colors; orange, green and purple are secondary colors.

Orange is the color of joy, interaction, creativity and playfulness. - "Color is the fruit of life." Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 to1918)

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Focal Point

The principal focus. The part of your image which draws your eye and immediately captures attention.

Purple is the color of royalty, mystery, wisdom and magic. - "Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet." Paul Czanne (1839 – 1906)

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Project with Your Photos

Digital Photo Books: Do you love them or Hate The?

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See More of My Digital Color Photos

My challenge with the Wordless Wednesday Blog is to choose one of my photos or a short series each week which may inspire a story in me or the mind of the viewer. Readers can also browse through my now completed project Georgene's 30 Day Photo Challenge Here I tried to make at least one photo per day. Everything was approached as a possible subject for my lens. My world became composed of a million or zillion little pieces which made up a giant puzzle - the completion of this challenge.

Learn More About Color - Knowledge is Power

Reading, as well as looking at classical paintings and the natural world, can help you learn more about color. The more you learn about color perception, the more fun you'll have in investigating your environment.

Online Resources for Creating Photobooks

Here are a few of the online sources for photobooks with which I am familar:

Adorama Picture Products

Snapfish

Shutterfly

There is an excellent 2013 review of photobooks at the Tech Media Network.

How to Make Photo Books - Adorama Picture Projects

Adorama is only one of several online print resources that help plan and then process photo books.

Good concise information. Most sites have composing tools such as those shown, or there is always Picasa.

An illustration of what to look for before designing and editing a book.

A run-down on various features of Adorama photobooks.

Some of us come on earth seeing...some of us come on earth seeing color. - Louise Nevelson (1899 - 1988)

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Points to Ponder

  • Did your learn anything from this hubpage?
  • Did you enjoy looking through the photos?
  • Would you enjoy seeing more of my photos?

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 2 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @favored: Thanks for visiting and for your gracious comments about my photos. All very much appreciated.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Really good tips for photographing. Your pics and subjects are really good. I use my cropping tool all the time. Sometimes I get it right too :)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @CherylsArt: Oh! Thanks so much for your laudatory comments...they mean a lot coming from you. I made my sister another book for her 2013 birthday and intend to do a lens about that one. It is so different that it will take a good bit of time to craft a lens detailing it. I am so happy that you enjoyed the lens.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Oh wow! I love this lens, and wanted to see more. : )

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @tonyleather: Thanks, Tony! Those words are like music to my ears. I love my photography and I enjoyed putting together this lens. Thank you for your comments.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Lovely shots in a truly colourful lens! Well done!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @WinWriter: Hi WW, Glad you stopped by and commented on this lens - one of my favorites. Yes, yellow is a happy color! I love being surrounded by it and so happy you appreciated the sunshine!

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      I'm a color fan too. Your photos are beautiful. It's hard to pick a favorite. I'm partial to flowers so I was immediately attracted to all of your floral pictures. Yellow is such a happy color and I enjoyed the "sunshine" you shared on your lens!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @JessicaLVine LM: Hi Jessica! So glad you stopped by and took the time to convey your enjoyment of my photos. I also love color...I look for colors everywhere!

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed looking through the photos. I love colors!

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      PaynesGrey 3 years ago

      Lovely lens, beautiful photo's, Thank you!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @VspaBotanicals: HI, Thanks so much for visiting this lens and taking the time to comment on it. My sister was pleased, so I'm pleased. And yes, color is all around us...all we need to do is look!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Mommie-Moola: Hi! Thanks for checking out my lens and commenting upon it. The thing that makes it special for me is how much my sister enjoyed receiving it.

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      Absolutely amazing!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Craftypicks: Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and then taking the time to comment on my l;ens. I appreciate your time.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Merrci: Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your gracious compliments. I am glad that you enjoyed my photos.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @anonymous: Thank you so much. I appreciate both your stopping by and gracious comment.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @evawrites1: Hi! Thanks for stoppin by and for your gracious comment. I sincerely appreciate both.

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      Great pictures!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I would love a photo book like this. I've often thought of doing one myself of photos of where I live in Hawaii.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Enjoyed your lens so much. Wonderful color and wonderful photos!

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      Lori Green 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      Beautiful lens!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @golfspice: Thanks so much for your visit and your gracious compliments. It was relaxing as well as creative to put that little book together for my sister as well as to write the lens.

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      golfspice 3 years ago

      Interesting photos and colors, and a well deserved purple star.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @rob-hemphill: Thanks so much for visiting and commenting...your gracious comments helped to make my day :+)

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      You have a good eye for color and take lovely photographs. Enjoyed your collection.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @MariannesWhims: Thank you for visiting and commenting upon my lens...Thank you for your gracious compliments and I am glad you enjoyed your visit :+)

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Such a beautiful and happy lens. Loved your photos and good tips. Thanks.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @LiteraryMind: Thank you for visiting and for your gracious comment :+)

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What beautiful photographs.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @DebMartin: Hi Deb! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my color lens. And for your gracious compliment about the quality of my photos. The ones I used were among, it goes almost without saying, among my favorites.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Your photos are extraordinary.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your gracious compliments. I do think she'll get another one this year of some of the hundreds of pix from our childhood.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Namsak: I hate to sound smug, but practice makes perfect...buy a a good digital camera - lots of reviews around on Squidoo and elsewhere - and just keep shooting, evaluating and keeping or discarding. I now look at photos from 20 or 30 years and shudder, but on the other hand, some I still love :+)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @DreyaB: Thanks so much for your compliments...the Purple Star surprised me. The way prices on digital cameras keep decreasing, it's possible to buy a very good that can take great shots.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @mathew31: Thanks for your great compliments. It's always nice to hear that you've accomplished something well.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @ForEverProud: Thank you for your gracious compliments...I do enjoy sharing.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @RhondaAlbom: Thank you for your visit. So very glad you found the photos lovely to look at and the tips good.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Aladdins Cave: Thanks so much for your compliment - from a fellow photographer. I am happy that you enjoyed this lens.

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love to see some of your HOTO'S !!!

      I started taking photo's when I about 12 years old. My very first camera was a canon 35 mm.

      Still take 35mm out now and then, but it's mostly digital now days.

      Thanks great lens. Cheers from DOWNUNDER without a P

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love to see some of your HOTO'S !!!

      I started taking photo's when I about 12 years old. My very first camera was a canon 35 mm.

      Still take 35mm out now and then, but it's mostly digital now days.

      Thanks great lens. Cheers from DOWNUNDER without a P

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      You have some really lovely photos and wonderful tips here. Thanks for sharing it all.

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      Jeanne Rene 3 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed looking at your wonderful photos. They are both colorful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration with us.

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      mathew31 3 years ago

      Excellent lens! I enjoyed looking through your photos, very well done!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      Beautiful photos. I so enjoyed these. Wish I could produce pics as good as these. Congrats on the purple star.

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      As someone who is new to photography and with an interest sparked by finding Squidoo I though your photos were brilliant. I only hope I can be as good one day.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I can see why your sister adored her birthday photo book gift. What a beautiful way to share your unique talents with others. The color is spectacular!

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