Color Project Update

In the remaining few weeks of school, I have a lot of photos to take. I have over 200 pictures edited and placed in my catalog. My goal is to have more than 400 by the time the semester is almost over. I haven’t quite figured out my approach for the final presentation.

Color picking from photos is fascinating to me. Above, I’ve placed the photo catalog document (showing a few yellow ranges), and the corresponding swatches directly next to it. As you can see, the swatches sometimes don’t even seem to match the photo. But when you pick certain pixels – let’s look at the bottommost left picture of the doorway – the overall color you might see as a muted buttercup in the picture, ends up being on the peachier side of yellow (creamsicle maybe?) in the swatch.

I have quite a few color ranges – dark reds (mostly of varying bricks), teals (a lot of old window panes and trim), whites (mural and sign lettering), etc. – that will be showcased in the final catalog. Because I will have such a large swathe of swatches (that’s a tongue twister) I’m curious if having the corresponding swatch for each photo will be excessive.

My professor let me borrow a device that can scan a surface and tell you the exact color. It’s called a Cube. Here’s a quick video to show it in action:

My plan is to create the full catalog, see what colors are most prominent or common, and then go around to physically scan a few buildings and materials with the Cube for those hues. As for now, I’m still gathering photos and will check back in when everything is more complete!

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