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We’ve all seen these filters, the low-contrast, yellow-and-pink, faded photo faux vintage look. Ever since it was popularized by the site-slash-app Instagram, the look has exploded, appearing in every corner of Facebook, Tumblr and deviantART.

However, the look is slowly becoming a cliché. You see it everywhere- and I mean everywhere.
Maybe it’s time for a little change.

4. Play with Solid Color

This is an oldie-but-goodie, setting subjects against a background of a bright, contrasting solid color. It brings out subjects beautifully, and this includes people and portraits!

Solid colors can taken from a simple patch of painted wall or a professional backdrop, or can be digitally colored from a white background for the more Photoshop- or Lightroom- inclined.

    Shy but Curious by signmeups.. by SkyAndNatureClub                                              Reaching by Valentine-FOV-Stock
    Shy but Curious by                                           Reaching by
    *signmeupscotty                                              ~Valentine-FOV-Stock
    

3. Create Some Color Contrast

It's no secret that putting opposing or contrasting colors together can have a dramatic effect, just take a look at any movie poster today that incorporates orange and blue together.
Blues and teals against pinks and oranges, purples against greens, pinks and oranges, the possibilities are endless. Many of these can be found in nature or with the careful use of a backdrop, but color editing can also be a huge advantage on making those colors pop.

                                          Flowers_18 by Marcello-Paoli
Last Colour by                                                     Flowers_18 by
`MichaelMagin                                                     *comefosse


2. Find a Color Theme

Conversely, it's okay to play with one color and make it an overall tone, a single-color theme. Just be sure to include plenty of contrast with lots of different shades of that one color to avoid "muddy color syndrome".
Fall is a great time of year for getting orange or red-themed shots and the different leaves have lots of different variations of the color, greens can be found year-round and different water features can be a great source for blues.

One Of These Days by MarcoHeisler                                          The Raid by Nelleke
One of These Days by                                          The Raid by
=r3novatio                                                          *Nelleke

1. Experimental Light

This one's a tricky one, an advanced technique that can have intense, stunning effects. Using everyday light sources like flashlights, desklamps, even sunlight, you can create dramatic shadows, striking sihlouttes and eerie glows on all kinds of subjects from people to still life setups to pets.
Many photographers use black-and-white in this kind of photography to emphasize on the deep shadows and stark highlights, but color editing can also create intense contrasts between solid colors and dark blacks.

Tube Light Explosion by drqs                                         me vs light by michref
Tube Light Explosion by                                        me vs light by
~drqs                                                               *michref





I've wanted to write this article for a while, but it was `miontre 's "Create Something Useful" contest [link] that really pushed me to actually sit down and write it.
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miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article! :clap:
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STRiPESandShades Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"We’ve all seen these filters, the low-contrast, yellow-and-pink, faded photo faux vintage look. Ever since it was popularized by the site-slash-app Instagram"
Yes and I'm really tired to see this everywhere... Thank you for reminding that photographer should play with their brain rather than ready-made filters :lol:
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STRiPESandShades Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know exactly how you feel. I was flipping through the Photography section looking for some examples and it was like, "Instagram... Instagram..."
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next to cats and flower photography... :p
With instagram they are the little ponies of the photography section :lol:
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