Travel Photography Series Part 5 – Colour Palettes
Octopus Panino Polignano A Mare Copyright Carla Coulson
For those of you who love travel photography I started a Travel Photography series a while back. The series was in four parts and covers food, people, architecture and events and if you missed them the links are at the end of this post.
I have been meaning forever to add a chat about colour palettes as it is important when creating a travel story so I have added a fifth part to this series.
Colour is one of the most powerful tools we have to use in photography. And when you look around life just serves up the most extraordinary colour situations and is often repeated in the strangest of subjects. Love this!
The way we use colour in our images talks about what we want to say, what mood we want to create, what feelings we want to heighten and it can also speak of your style. Just the way painters choose a colour palette when creating a canvas we can do the same thing with photography.
Some photographers will go out of their way to avoid a certain colour or go in search of their favourite colours across a range of subjects.
The language of magazines and the way an art director will put together a story revolves around the way images sit harmoniously together and it all depends on the colour.
Here’s a quick look at some colour palettes:
Nordic photographers are famous for their simple colour palettes based around white and neutral tones of beige and grey which bring a sense of calm, serenity and cleanliness to their images.
Neutral Colours of blue, terracotta and green at Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
Neutral colours of white beige and brown repeated in statues in a workshop and the baroque streets of Martina Franca
Copyright Carla Coulson
Shooting a spot colour can be loads of fun, like going on a treasure hunt. You can focus on one particular colour that appears in all sorts of different situations with a neutral background. It could be red repeated in a jumper, a sign, scarf, or a door or in the case below the green doors, curtains and shutters against the white backdrop of Puglia. It adds a pop of energy to your images.
Spot colour on the streets of Ceglie Messapica and Door Martina Franca Copyright Carla Coulson
Neutral colours of white and blue repeated in the streets, shirt and umbrella
with a spot colour of yellow repeated in the tie and doorway
Local boy and a street in Ceglie Messapica Copyright Carla Coulson
Bright, strong saturated colours bring a sensation of energy to a photo if combined harmoniously. When I was shooting the pics below on different days in different locations I was surprised at the repetition of royal blue and orange..
Beach Polignano A Mare and San Vito Polignano A Mare Copyright Carla Coulson
There are loads of other colour palettes you can choose to photograph including beautiful pastels, serene blues, dark colours to add mood or quirky colour combinations.
Depending on your aesthetic as a photographer as to which colour palettes you will find pleasing.
If you would love to hone your travel photography skills and shoot colour palettes to your heart’s content you might like to join me and my ‘Caravan’ and travel to the yet to be discovered part of Puglia in Southern Italy (where my hubby’s from and in the pics above) with like-minded souls. It’s gonna be fun! All details here.
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