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Pop of Color

This assignment ran from Apr 16 to May 7, 2018.
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Editor's Note: I strongly encourage you to submit new photographs. Images that have been published in past stories will not be able to be published in more than one final story. 

Color is all around us, but how much do we notice? In American suburban neighborhoods, you rarely see a bright purple house. But in Havana, for example, color is everywhere.

For this assignment, I want you to actively look for color and think how it can be effective in a photograph. Experiment, explore, and use color to tell us a story about the place you are photographing.

Here is an image I took in Cuba, keeping it wide so that the women’s shirts really “popped” against the gray buildings. Here are some more examples of pops of color from other Your Shot photographers: you can try a landscape, portrait, wildlife, or a cityscape!

I only have two hard rules to further challenge you. No selective color—that’s when an image is in black and white with only one color left visible. I also don’t want to see super saturated colors that aren’t truthful to the original situation! Instead, be searching for the color in your everyday life that you may otherwise overlook.

Finally, experiment and have fun! Fill your frame with nothing but color. Find a single color surrounded by neutrals. Play with multiple colors in a frame. Make portraits incorporating color. The possibilities are endless!

Color really is everywhere—you just might be surprised at what you see when you start looking a little harder!

Kristen McNicholas

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Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

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Published May 23, 2018.
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