Assignment #21 – Rainbow Palette

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Due April 6th.  This continues the lessons using Color as a story telling device.   You will have to turn in one photographs of different subjects while using a rainbow or full color palette using the RGB or CMY color wheel. (see below for examples) Attempt to find or create a scene.


You must use at least FOUR colors from the color wheel.  (NO Pastels!)

You must incorporate either a low or high angle for this project. (Please review if you do not remember how to take a photo that way.) Focus on taking an interesting photograph that also meets the requirements instead of taking any photograph.


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This angle does not meet the requirements. 

Which angle looks more interesting in the following photographs?

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Do not stick with the first photograph taken.  Experiment with various angles and directions.

Due April 6th.

When color was first introduced to film, there was concern it would ruin the medium.  That story lines would be overshadowed by color.  In 1926 a well known director commented that color was violent and should be used with restraint.

Today, we’re accustomed to seeing color choices set the tone for scenes and enhance story telling.  Think of The Wizard of Oz (1939), it employed one of the most famous uses of Technicolor as narrative: the moment when Dorothy leaves her sepia-toned reality for the colorful land of Oz.

“It’s easier to make color look good, but harder to make it service the story.” – Roger Deakins

“There’s some irony in the fact that colorizing film—ostensibly to make it look more like the real world—may have cemented the medium’s dreamy, escapist quality. The three-color process, in particular, created films punctuated by colors so electric they were surreal. That continued through the era in which Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and others became superstars—an era that is still referred to as Hollywood’s golden age. “Technicolor had developed this very vibrant, saturated palette,” Layton told me. “When these films started getting more colorful, that’s what audiences reacted to. They loved this artificial, fantasy, over-the-top palette. And that’s the way color shifted. It’s idealized.”

The colorizing processes that followed built on this supersaturated aesthetic—so much so that people now associate richly colored films and photographs with nostalgia for the past. The Instagram filter “1977,” for example, is explicitly named for the moment in film technology it mirrors. In the same way, the bright and brassy aesthetic people now associate with the early days of Technicolor was itself a reflection of film processes that created a richer, color-flooded version of the real world. “We have these rosy perfection memories kind of looking back,” Layton said, “but a lot of that comes down to the technology.”  – The Atlantic

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Films using bright colors

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Color Trends and the emotions behind colors: