Brenda’s A Photo Study: A Color Primary

I found treasures in Brenda’s A Photo Study: A Color Primary! I mean other than Brenda’s usual wonderful writing, that is. Let me give you 3:

1. I love David M. Kessler’s Simple Color System! I have seen several color wheels in the past. Whenever I wanted to be sure which color was the complementary color for a specific color, I would find a color-wheel online. And this one is one of the bests. You may want to see David’s video to understand his color wheel better.

2. Adobe Color CC app is amazing. And it’s fun to play with. I am impressed even though I’d only spent a few minutes glancing at it. I want to learn, I mean play, more!

“Adobe Color is an internet application that lets individuals try out, create and save various colour schemes, each of which consists of a set of five colours.”

Adobe Color CC is a simple way to capture inspiring color combinations.

Users can export a color scheme straight into Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign and Sync to Adobe Color service.
— Crozdesk

3. Pete Turner’s photos had opened a brand new world for me!

(Brenda, I can’t thank you enough!)

So, this morning, I was looking for colors in our house (it’s cold outside). Hmm… that was harder than I thought. Finally, I remembered my coloring pencils, pens…

Do you think what I am thinking that color does make a difference?

The next two photos… I was trying to find a color that would look good with this coffee creamer bowl. I wasn’t happy with the first photo, and quickly came to a conclusion that these colors didn’t look good together. I was going to try a different color right away, but decided to improve the light first. After fixing the light, to my surprise, I like the photo much better. So much to learn…

Another great lesson! Thanks, Brenda.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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17 Responses to Brenda’s A Photo Study: A Color Primary

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Fabulous photos. Well done, Looks like you had a lot of fun with these photos, 😀

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Cee. Yes, I had a lot of fun. Playing around and learning at the same time was fun. It’s also fun when playing with a new toy – Nikon 105 Macro lens. 😉
      Have a wonderful day.


  2. loisajay says:

    These are wonderful, Helen. Pete Turner….he is my hero. I like B&W and I do take some B&W photos, but I really love vivid colors in my photographs. And I wear a lot of black! I wonder if Pete and I are distantly related….. 😉

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Lois. I laughed when I read your original comment on Brenda’s post. I wear a lot of black/gray/navy blue, too, and I can hardly find any bright color in our house… I haven’t heard of Pete Turner before. Even though I have noticed how color could change the look of a photo, but I haven’t thought of using colors to the extend like he did. It’s an eye-opener to me! 😉
      Have a great day!

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  3. carol1945 says:

    Playing with color! One of my favorite things to do.

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  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    Colours wheels are so interesting, and it can be interesting selecting colours for staged shots. To me colours are two things: how they come across to the eye, and how they make us feel. Clashing colours might be sore to the eye but they can stir up a vibrant, adrenalin-rush kind of feeling within us. Colours that go well with each other might soothe us more. Love these shots and really like the framing 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      >> To me colours are two things: how they come across to the eye, and how they make us feel.
      I am taking notes… it seems to me that those two things always come together, I mean they blend together, doesn’t it?
      >> Clashing colours might be sore to the eye but they can stir up a vibrant, adrenalin-rush kind of feeling within us.
      I googled “clashing colors”, and was surprised at some results like “red and green”, “brown and black”… I need to study more! (I was trying to come up with clashing colors on the second photo; I was thinking red and orange. For some reason, it was not clashing enough for me 😉
      Thank you so much, Mabel!


      • Mabel Kwong says:

        You got a good point there, that how colours seem and how they make us feel can be intertwined. Or maybe one comes first. Depends on the individual perhaps.

        I think whether certain colours clash depends on the shade and due of the colour…and there are endless shades and hues. Happy discovering, Helen 🙂


  5. brenda says:

    These are simply….beautiful! I love how you combined depth of field, light, and colors in these images. The first one – I love. The slated lines invite my eyes to move to the white cup which is composed with the rule of thirds. I’ve told myself a number of times to incorporate various composition elements into my work…sometimes I don’t listen well. Great composition!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Brenda. My mind is racing. It seems like there are many things I would like to discuss with you, and yet it’s not clear what they are. ;-( I hope, to the minimum, you know how much I appreciate your photo-study. It works much better than taking a workshop, because I have plenty of time to think and do the homework. 😉
      Have a great day.

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      • brenda says:

        Thank you Helen. Please keep in mind that I, as a student, don’t have the level of expertise or experience of photographers who facilitate workshops. Could we say this project may be a basic level introduction class, at best????

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        • Helen C says:

          Brenda, I have given a lot of thoughts on your question (even though I don’t think you were serious when you ask 😉 It’s a very interesting question to me.
          You have covered a lot of areas (subjects?) in this project, and for each area, you have done a lot of research and summarized each subject well. And the resources (videos) you provided are excellent. It definitely has a good base for a class (maybe add details here and there?). Basic level introduction class? If this is a basic level introduction class, I think it is a darn good one. It has helped me 😉
          Good night.

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        • Helen C says:

          Brenda, I just sent you an email. 😉
          Have a wonderful day!

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  6. The last one is pure magic!

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  7. These are great Helen 🙂 The colours just pop! Love too the light and dop … Must have a good look at those videos .. Thanks!


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