Note: parts of this post first appeared here in 2015.
If you have been following me on social media for a while you know that I love to play with color. Color is a mood changer, an attention grabber, and an agent provocateur.
Those of us with online shops know how essential good photography is to our customer's experience. I use color in my blog and Instagram photos to enhance the vintage mood of my toys.
Here are six ways I like to add a pop of color to my photos:
1. Flowers, leaves or fruit. These needn't be fancy: a bouquet of supermarket flowers or silk flowers will do. Leaves, branches or seed pods spray painted in seasonal colors can add an element of surprise to an arrangement. A bowl of lemons or green apples adds depth to a composition. This is my favorite way to add color.
2. Painted backdrops. Large canvases purchased at discount chains can be painted with acrylics in shades of your favorite color. Painter's canvas drop cloths covered with inexpensive "mistake" colors from Home Depot also make a fun backdrop and give you a chance to try out unusual colors. Keep it monochromatic if you want your canvas to remain a backdrop.
3. Small props such as washi tape, thread spools, vintage toys and stacks of books make charming support objects in your photo. Small items take on importance when grouped in mass or by color. They make interesting color counterpoints to a favorite object or bouquet.
4. Fabric and table linens. Placing your subject on a vintage tablecloth makes a statement in your photography. You can set the mood with your choice of fabric - think about how your object might look against a quilt, vintage tablecloth or kimono.
5. Color block your photos in a photo editing program. Crop a few photos down to their essential messages. Group by color or theme and fit them together like a puzzle. The photos above play with shades of yellow and green and suggests a cozy fall moment.
6. Focus tight and small. Find an object that has luscious color and photograph it up close. This highlights shape and materials in a wonderful way. Small objects like a vintage toy or tiny bouquet of flowers look lush when photographed in close focus.
Have fun playing with color in your photos!