Color: A Photographer's Guide To Directing The Eye, Creating Visual Depth, And Conveying Emotion

Paperback | November 19, 2013

byJerod Foster

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Color is powerful. It impacts our senses, pushes our emotions, and plays an essential role in creating an effective photograph. In this beautifully illustrated guide, author, educator, and pro photographer Jerod Foster helps you understand how color works—attracting attention, directing the eye, and working with other elements to make your own compelling photographs.


This book approaches color from a photographer’s perspective with a mix of practical theory, technical information, and solid advice on how to apply these details in all genres of photography—landscapes, portraits, lifestyle, sports, or wildlife.

You will learn about:

  • Color in the frame, including guiding the eye and composing with color
  • Manipulating color with white balance, artificial lighting, and exposure
  • Creating visual depth with complementary colors, dominant/recessive colors, and contrast
  • The meaning of color and how red, blue, green or purple can push emotions
  • Conditions for shooting color and the best times of day
  • Best practices for handling color in post processing

Color is a core element of our visual language and photographers who understand and exploit color will harness its power and create lasting images.

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Color is powerful. It impacts our senses, pushes our emotions, and plays an essential role in creating an effective photograph. In this beautifully illustrated guide, author, educator, and pro photographer Jerod Foster helps you understand how color works—attracting attention, directing the eye, and working with other elements to make...

Jerod Foster is a Texas-based editorial and travel photographer for magazines, books, and commercial clients. He also leads photography workshops and is a photography professor at Texas Tech University. He is the author of Sony NEX-6: From Snapshots to Great Shots and Storytellers: A Photographer’s Guide to Developing Themes and Creat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.16 × 7.98 × 0.53 inPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0321935284

ISBN - 13:9780321935281

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Word On Subjectivity

Section I: A World of Color

Chapter One: Color is Powerful
Chapter Two: Understand the Subjectivity of Color

Section II: Color in the Frame

Chapter Three: Guide the Eye with Color
Chapter Four: Create Visual Depth with Color

Section III: The Meaning of Color

Chapter Five: Color as Emotion
Chapter Six: Culture and Color
Chapter Seven: Conditions for Color
Chapter Eight: Ways to Manipulate Color Before Editing
Chapter Nine: Making the Most of Color in Your Photography