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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Understanding Color in Photography Book Review

Photography has become a hobby for many people in this house! We received the opportunity to review Understanding Color in Photography by Bryan Peterson a few months ago. Since we love this author's other books, we were excited to learn more from him and see what this book could do to help improve our skills.

Like Bryan Peterson's other books, this one did not disappoint. It is full of his photography, explanations for the images, and instructions to help you learn and consider how to make better use of color as you create stunning photographs. Susana Heide Schellenberg joins the author by sharing some of her images in the book too. Imagine taking a walking course with a well known photographer, having him show you how he chooses what to photography and explain to you all the thoughts going through his head, as well as teaching you various topics about color and composition. That is what this book is like. From the comfort of your living room.

The topics covered in the book include the basics of light, exposure, and white balance to start you off. Then the author teaches about the color wheel and complementary colors, analogous colors, and monochromatic color. What tint, tone, and shade means, and how to master all of these things in your images. There is a section on skin tone as well.

After you have learned these basics, the author focuses on "The Psychology of Color" and 8 individual colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and black. There are some interesting facts included, and tips for how to best photograph these colors. And of course, plenty of examples and inspiration!

The last couple of chapters focus on how to tweak colors with filters and Photoshop. Not in an excessive way, but how to get just the right image without making it look alien. It's a very useful section!

Understanding Color is a must have for any serious photographer. Bryan Peterson remains my favorite photography author, and this book adds one more reason why that is so. If you are not a photographer but instead enjoy beautiful books like this, you will be inspired to notice the color around you and in other artwork you observe.

This book was sent to me by Blogging For Books for the purpose of review but the opinions are my own.

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