Photo Fact Friday: Categorizing Color

By Michelle Ecker on October 16th, 2015

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Photo Fact Friday: Categorizing Color

Here is today’s tip:

“In photography, color can be classified in three unique ways- by hue, saturation or brightness. When speaking professionally with clients, it’s important for you to reference said categories accurately. Here are the basic differences:

  • Hue is the main distinction of color, of which there are six; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. So if we offered you a piece of licorice and told you it was red, we’d be referring to the candy’s hue.
  • Brightness measures how light or dark that hue is.
  • Saturation refers to the relative power of the color. More saturated colors are purer and richer, while less saturated colors are subdued and less vibrant.

As photographers, adjustments of these 3 categories can have a massive impact on the mood and message of the work we put out. A cool blue shot taken after winter’s first snow, for example, communicates feelings of wintry chill, whereas a shot of the sun setting over an island ocean would seem more appropriate in a pink or red.

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