What could possibly influence our emotions in front of a movie or a photograph? The Color. It is through a short video that Lilly Mtz-Seara experiments color psychology and how the audience reactions are determined by the artistic directors of the film productions.
Our emotions are “manipulated” by the color associated with the scene shown on the screen and this concept applies equally to the photography field.
No long speeches or complex explanation, Lilly Mtz-Seara tries here to makes us realize how much our unconscious is influencing our emotions. To highlight the research done on the theory of color psychology, she selected scenes from films she arranged according to major themes. What we see through the video, is that the color range of each scene assigned to a word is invariably the same.
The work done on the color and lighting is what will determine our emotions while watching the movie screen, television or computer screens. Thereby innocence, sweetness and femininity range from a pink pastel to flashy shades, while violence and passion come together in shades of dark red. Sociability is found in neutral colors like taupe and orange, madness and insecurity through a harsh light color and yellow, the destruction in translated into a “neon” green, isolation characterized by a blue filter, fantasy and eroticism in purple and the list continues .
These colors are also found in photography as the theme exploited in the work of the artist with the ambiance and the emotion he wants to convey through his photographs.
This video provides a thought on how we react to colors themes and our emotional relationship to them: what are the colors that come into play in a social environment and on our own reactions? You can now try to apply color psychology daily and behind your camera of course.
In addition to simply expose a theory that can be complex psychologicaly and sociologicaly speaking, Lilly Mtz-Seara tests your knowledge about classic films by adding a list of movie clips used in her video, one more reason to look at it!
Of course, it’s the photographer who takes/makes the photograph. I’ve always said that but in the end, isn’t it a little demagogic. I know I’m not going to make a lot of friends saying this but, I do not completely agree when I hear that the equipment is not the photographer. Of course it is the photographer … at least partially! There are too many ingredients that makes that a photo will touch other people for us to exclude THIS reason. An 85mm f/1.4 is quite superior to a 28-70mm f3.5/5.6. And what if behind this “truth”, were hiding other feelings…
Photography is intimately linked to camera equipment. For a singer for instance, there is really no artifice. But a picture, it is different …
Talent is obviously above the material contingencies but with very good material it is even better expressed!
So we all agree that these talented characters would still be very talented with low-end gear. But why be masochistic and work with cheap equipment just because we have talent? And why, if you have no talent – in one’s opinion – shouldn’t we use a wonderful lens? There, I think we will all agree.
What can this old saying be hiding in the back of our heads?
I am aware that I therefore address a very tricky topic because often visceral. There are so many different ways to take photographs! With very simple equipment or very complex, very expensive or just very affordable, like your smartphone. Very pragmatic or artful, with or without talent …
You might have heard that the Sony E-mount system hit the 50 lenses a few days ago with the much anticipated 14mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 from Samyang/Rokinon. It might be time now for a Sony guide as it is not simple at first to understand its nomenclature: there are different frames covered, several mounts and several product range. In addition, Sony optical technologies are bristling with sometimes complex acronyms. Do not worry, we will explain everything!
Digital has entered our lives in all its possible forms, and frankly it is of course very convenient. It has never been easier to take a picture and share it with hundreds or thousands of people in seconds. But while printing photos is becoming easier and cheaper, the paper is shunned. Why?
In this article, we’ll explain why it is important to print your picture, either in the form of prints, albums or photo frames.
No matter the format, as long as it is your picture.
Printings, a Way to Aave Your Pictures
It might be less “smart” but it is more durable. That might sound silly to say as the paper can be damaged, burnt or torn etc. But, it might be surprising, the paper can be less fragile than a computer or a hard drive. A photo album that falls several meters high will resist a lot better than a hard drive.
Whether it’s film or digital photography, one of the problematics of the photographer is to have a secure archiving system of his/her photos. Photographers using the films are already well aware of the interest of the paper print, because without it a picture is not really developed. But for someone who only takes pictures in digital format, the images are often buried on hard drives or on an online photo storage service and forgotten. Continue reading Why Printings Are Essential For Your Practice→
Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. We feel lethargic and uninspired. We feel the urge to blow a bunch of money on a new lens or a new camera, in hopes that it would somehow reinvigorate our passions. But what if we already have what we need to overcome photographer’s block? Here are 5 simple experiments to try to expand our photographic horizons.
5. Shoot with Your Least Used Lens
We’ve all been there. A late night Craigslist session, an impulse BUY IT NOW! on eBay, or a well commissioned salesperson at a camera store. We all have lenses that we sparingly use.
Mine used to be the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Fantastic lens. Brilliantly sharp. But I’m not gifted with the patience to shoot macrophotography and I also bought it as a portrait lens. I found it to be slightly too long, too slow to use in dim light without stabilization, and too inexpensive to part with. So I kept it. For years. In a closet.
Right now, it’s my Holga 25mm Pinhole lens. Super fun lens. Incredibly inexpensive. However, a plastic meniscus lens at f/8 has limited usability at night or indoors. But rather than dwelling on limitations, a lens’ unique character could force you to think outside the box and be creative.