The World of Color Through My Camera Lens
Colors Helped Me Create a Digital Photo-book
My eyes have always been drawn to color:
- red doors on gray houses;
- piles of yellow blossoms caught in of gray concrete stair-cases;
- bright blue shorts on youngsters playing on an off-white sandy beach; and
- most especially the myriad colors, hues, and tones of leaves and flower petals.
My almost constant companion since elementary school is a camera of one kind or another. My photography avocation lead to boxes of photos and since the advent of digital photography to discs of photos.
Taking a leap of faith in myself:
Last year, I entered an online photo contest. My consolation prize was a free photo book courtesy of the sponsoring company.
My sister's birthday approached and at a loss to come up with a gift for her, I decided to use the prize. The plan was to gather some of my pictures highlighting colors as the bases for the book. The result was a book for her about color using my photographs with quotations either appropriate to birthdays and celebrations, or colors.
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
Collage of Colors
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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 BarcaClick thumbnail to view full-size
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Project with Your Photos
Digital Photo Books: Do you love them or Hate The?
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
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)
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?