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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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