Shoot­ing the rain­bow

It’s easy to bring some colour into your life – start with what’s around you, and use some props

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01 Pick the right props

If you’ve ex­hausted the bright colours in your im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings, set up your own shot. Bal­loons and flow­ers are ideal for play­ing with mono­chrome as they come in all shades of the rain­bow. We bat­ted pale blue bal­loons against a clear blue sky for a sum­mery fi­nal shot.

02 Bet­ter back­grounds

If your sub­ject’s nat­u­ral back­ground clashes with the colour you’re fo­cus­ing on, fake it with some coloured card. We popped an orange en­ve­lope be­hind this sun­flower to keep the fo­cus on shades of yel­low. Use a wide aper­ture to keep the back­ground out of fo­cus.

03 Make a col­lage

When you get home from your colour as­sign­ment, a great way to show off all the dif­fer­ent shades and sub­jects you’ve col­lected is to edit them into a col­lage in Pho­to­shop. It’ll make for a great print that tells the story of where you’ve been.

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