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Sep 05, 2013

Mood Swings Using Hue & Saturation

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Color is more influential than we realize most of the time. In fact your entire mood can be altered by the colors around you. If color is that important in your everyday life, you can imagine the impact it has on photos.

Different colors will convey different moods and it is up to you as the image creator to decide what mood you would like your viewer to experience.

Check out this great article on how the color of rooms effects the mood of the room. This article on color psychology is even more in depth and it’s principles can be applied directly to photography.

Color and Mood:(quoted from infoplease)

  • RED – The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.
  • BLUE – The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.
  • GREEN – Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

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    Leah Manzari

    Loved it! Quote of the day “Boy, I slung some knowledge like a monkey slinging poop at the zoo”
    LMAO – thanks for keeping it fun Aaron 🙂

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      Photography By Lorna

      Hey Leah, bumping into you on the Phlearn! Whoot! This is always fun! Loved it too. Knowledge well and truly slung.

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        Leah Manzari

        Lorna!! Yes, reminds me of what we were always trying to do at dhd – keep it fun. Wish we weren’t so far apart, gosh, I’d love to see you and catch up. Xoxo

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          Photography By Lorna

          It was great fun and I wish we were closer too sissta! I am popping over to the USA for a few days for the I heart faces photography conference, it’s in Columbus Ohio are you going to that? It should be awesome! I am doing a work shop with Jean Smith. Babies!

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    Belal Mobarak

    Very informative information and I appreciate that you showed the effect with subtle changes. Amazing work Aaron!