When you think about color, do you think about cranking up that Photoshop slider?
There’s nothing wrong with getting creative in Photoshop, but before you start pushing those sliders, take a moment to look around you. Nature provides some pretty intense colors without any help. When I want to capture beautiful colors, I start by thinking about the seasons.
I took this shot at Brecksville Reservation in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We timed our photography excursion to coincide with the height of the spring flowering season – and the blue bells were in full bloom. Those seasonal colors looked amazing with softened light from an overcast sky. Overcast skies provide perfect shooting conditions for capturing vibrant colors without the aid of photoshop.
We often visit a location several times to see how the seasonal change is progressing. I took this shot of the same spot during one of our previous scouting visits. As you can see, the rich green colors from the location are missing, and the bluebells aren’t quite ready to bloom. The image is dominated by shades of brown and does not look as appealing.
Of course, visiting a location repeatedly is easy if you live nearby… but what if we’re visiting a faraway place? In that case, we’ll talk to local photographers or park rangers. We also look at photos from the location and research weather, climate, and seasonal changes online. We choose locations based upon the information we gather and the time of year when we’ll be traveling.