color photographyEverybody would like to get richer and deeper colors in their photographs. It is one of the trademarks of a good photographer to be able to get vivid colors in their photographs. So here are some techniques for you to apply so the next time you take a color photograph, you’ll be able to get more out of the colors that are available to you.

Use a narrow tonal range

You might have a bit of a problem when you try to photograph things which have a wide tonal range. This means you trying to photograph the sunlight that is reflected in the water of a peaceful lake and the shadows that are in the trees. You will probably end up losing all of the intricate detail and then you’ll get overexposed whites and totally underexposed blacks. To solve this problem, you should simply opt for subjects which have mid-tones and have little difference between the brightest and darkest highlights. One example regarding this rule is to photograph flowers and trees on overcast or drizzly days. The human eye might be able to handle a dynamic range of about 2,000:1 or 11 camera ‘stops’ but some digital cameras are only able to hand just 3 stops. Because of this, you should try to capture mid-tones that will make your subject perfectly exposed.

Take different angles

The difference in angles will more than likely make up for your bad lighting plus, the more you work the subject, the more you’ll be able to hit an angle that will probably expose very favorably than when you first envisioned it. So make sure that you take pictures of the subject from all angles and give a subject ten shots and then edit the nine bad shots out. You might want to use several viewpoints and different distances. Try shooting from a low and high position so you’ll eventually end up getting a wonderful picture. It is often said that the only difference between a professional photographer and an amateur photographer is the amount of shots taken. Professionals take way much more photos than amateurs. National Geographic magazine uses only 1 out of 1,000 shots taken.

The art of bracketing

Bracketing is simply exposing a picture for more highlights. If you are not that sure about the correct exposure of a photograph, you might want to try to bracket your shots. You can essentially do that by taking a normal shot without any stops, then take a shot which is slightly darker (-1 stop) and a final one which is slightly lighter (+1 stop). This feature is found mostly in SLR (single lens reflex) cameras and in the end you will have the shot that most likely applies as the correct exposure.

Try out these suggestions to get the rich and vivid colors that your photos deserve. You will eventually find your way around exposures, bracketing, angles, natural and ambient light. Eventually, you’ll be able to get all elements correct, leaving you with a photograph that has rich and vivid details.