The Science Of Color With Kate Woodman | RGG EDU
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The Science Of Color 

As photographers, we learn to craft and manipulate light. In its simplest form, color is just another way of seeing light. By taking a scientific approach to color and analyzing the theory behind it and how it affects us, we can take control of color the way we do with light. We can use color to create a better story utilizing emotional cues, enhance our storytelling for the viewer, and invoke emotion to manipulate our audience to feeling a certain way. An essential course for portrait photographers.

In this tutorial Kate Woodman breaks down the science of color to it’s simplest form: light. Kate introduces the basic properties of color like hue, saturation, and luminosity. She then dives into color theory discussing color balance, color harmonies, spacial relationships, and how colors interact in imagery and in the real world. After a in-depth lesson on color and the science behind it, you will see Kate photograph on location and in-studio, objectively planning and utilizing color to create specific emotions in her images. You will then see Kate take her images to post production as a final step in controlling and manipulating color effectively. By the end of the tutorial you will see and understand color like never before. As soon as you start noticing color in photography and in the world, you can take your work to the next level. 

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General Overview

  • 25 Video Sections
  • Instant Digital Download
  • English Closed Captions Included On Every Video 
  • HD 1080p Quality
  • Universal MP4 for PC, MAC, & Airplay
  • Includes Studio Photo Shoots
  • Includes On-Location Photo Shoots
  • Intro To Color Theory
  • Learn The Basic Properties of Color
  • Learn The Emotional Connection With Color
  • Learn To Understand Hue 
  • Learn Too Utilize Saturation
  • Learn Color Balance
  • Learn Color Harmonies
  • Learn Spatial Relationships 
  • Access To Private Facebook Group 
  • Learn To Use Color In Styling 
  • Learn To Select Models To Compliment Your Story
  • Learn Why & When To Select Colors
  • Learn How Colors Interact
  • Learn To Add Color Into Your Narrative 
  • Learn Color Theory In Post-Production
  • Learn To Objectively Control Color
  • Learn To Take Colors To The Next Level
  • Learn Color Correction
  • Learn The Color Wheel In A New Way
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Meet Your Instructor

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We have teamed together with some of the world’s best instructors to create the most comprehensive photography tutorials available on the Internet today. We shoot everything on-location in a documentary style to give you the sense of being on-set with our instructors and their teams. Our goal is for you to learn through example by watching the instructor’s entire workflow and listening to the thought process that goes into creating professional images. It's our mission to cut out the frustration and guesswork from your workflow by offering you a solid foundation that concentrates on the WHY and not just HOW things are done. Nothing is scripted, nothing is rehearsed, but everything is planned. When you start one of our tutorials you are going on an immersive learning experience that is exclusive to RGG EDU.

Explore The Tutorial

Color Theory

Explored In A New Way

Studio Shoot

Photo Shoots Using Color 


Styling + Storytelling


Perfecting Your Image

Video Preview: What Is Black?


Getting Started

Section Overview

  • 01 - Introduction to Color
  • 02 - The Purpose Of Color
  • 03 - Properties of Color
  • 04 - Color Mixing
  • 05 - Color Harmony
  • 06 - Harmony Example
  • 07 - Color Balance
  • 08 - Luminosity Contrast
  • 09 - Perception
  • 10 - Psychology

Free Video: Styling

Anna's Shoot 

In Studio Essentials

Section Overview

  • 01 - Monochromatic Shoot
  • 02 - Complimentary Shoot

Video Preview: On-Location

The Cottage


Section Overview

  • 01 -On Location Intro
  • 02 - Scouting
  • 03 - Casting
  • 04 - Styling
  • 05 - Lighting
  • 06 - Framing

    Free Video: Retouching


    Going Further In Photoshop 

    Section Overview

    • 01 - Retouching Studio Introduction
    • 02 - Monochromatic Retouch
    • 03 - Complementary Retouch
    • 04 - Retouching Location Introduction
    • 05 - Luminosity Adjustments
    • 06 - Color Analysis
    • 07 - Color Grade

      Before and After

      Use the sliders below to view before and after photo created within this tutorial on your computer or mobile device. This is a composite image, so multiple files are used to create one final image.



      About the Instructor

      Kate Woodman
      Portrait Photographer

      Born in Darmstadt, Germany, Kate Woodman was brought up in Connecticut and currently calls Portland, Oregon home. A structural engineer by training, Kate developed her love of photography in 2011 while investigating earthquake damage in New Zealand. What began as a compulsion to document the environment expanded into a fascination for narrative storytelling, typically with a conceptual twist. Her engineering background serves her well in her photography, provoking a sense of balance and attention to detail and engendering a creative approach to the technical challenges of creating an image.

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