Understanding Color, Seeing Color & Composing Color

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Instructor: Bryan Peterson Duration: 4 Weeks Cost: US$129


This Bryan’s color course is based on his book, Understanding Color, published in August of 2017!

If you are familiar with Bryan’s work then you are fully aware of his love of color and it is in this course where you will discover, time and time again, how to SEE and COMPOSE color, while at the same time, understand not only its impact on your mind and emotions but also why in the arena of composition, the placement of color is vital, so critical to the success of the overall composition.

Color is about feeling and also its perceived visual weight and understanding not only the messages of color but also the weight of color will go along way in not only learning to see color but also what to do with it in the final arrangement, composition.

If color is something that you just don’t ‘see’, and/or if you want to take an in depth look at color, perhaps for the first time, this is one course you will want to take. It will forever change not only how you see color but also how you use color in your overall compositions.

In addition, Bryan also offers up his surprisingly easy yet hidden tips on processing color for the most vibrant effects. It is imperative that each student has access to Photo-Shop since the color tips that Bryan offers up for post-processing are ONLY available in Photo-Shop. They are not available in Lightroom or ACR.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Light, Exposure and Color

  1. Light and the science of color
  2. Exposure and Color
  3. White Balance and Color


Lesson 2: Color and Composition

  1. Using color for impact
  2. Additive versus Subtractive Colors
  3. Complementary, Analogous and Monochromatic Color


Lesson 3: Color and Mood

  1. Color and Visual Weight
  2. Advancing and receding color
  3. Using color as a seamless background/foreground
  4. Exploiting brush strokes of color


Lesson 4: Color and Mood

  1. The Psychology of Color
  2. Using tools to enhance color/filters
  3. Processing color in PhotoShop




Instructor: Bryan Peterson

bryanpetersonBryan has been a photographer for over 30 years and teaching photography for 20 years. He brings a unique teaching style to the school which will guarantee creative and fun learning by all photographers while elevating them to new photographic heights that they only have dreamed of. In addition, Bryan is the author of such best selling books as Understanding Flash PhotographyUnderstanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography, and Learning to See Creatively.

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What students are saying about Bryan Peterson and his online courses?






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“I just wanted to thank you for another wonderful class. I have to confess that each week when I read the new assignment, my first reaction was mild panic and a deep certainty that I would not be able to produce anything worthwhile that fit within the parameters you had set. But before I knew it, the ideas started to flow, and I quickly became obsessed (no, that isn’t too strong a word!) with exploring the possibilities. I can honestly say that the photos I produced in response to your assignments are among my favorites. Thanks for bringing out a creative side I didn’t know I had!”

Barbara Geiger
Understanding Color

“Thank you so very much for this course! It’s allowed me to take the blinders off and present my images for what I want them to be without being a slave to the “reality” of the camera. I would also add that in conjunction with your printing course, this has been the most useful course I’ve ever taken. Your notes are more than comprehensive and your comments and critiques are direct, clear, and always directed to the improvement of the art.”

After the click

” I want to thank you for this class and for your patience and availability to answer all of my questions. I have learned very much through this class. I have used LR in the past, but mostly for editing images. I now have a better grasp in the organization of my images, an even better understanding of editing images, and an understanding of the value of presets. I still have a lot to learn, but this has put me on the road to be able to improve my photography. Again, thank you! ”

Dale Yates
Lightroom Quickstart

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