This week we’ll be learning about hue for our ABCs of Photography series. What is hue?
Hue refers to color. It can be tricky to explain if you look at the technical definition… like the one found at Steve’s Digicams:
Hue is the color part of color. When we say a color is blue, purple, or yellow, we’re generally talking about hue. Technically, hue is “the degree to which a stimulus can be described as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, green, blue, and yellow (the unique hues).”
But hue is a little more easy to understand when you consult Dictionary.com:
1. a gradation or variety of a color; tint: pale hues.
2. the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green, or yellow in reference to the spectrum.
3. color: all the hues of the rainbow.
4. form or appearance.
Hue describes the color, is what allows us to tell red from green, yellow from blue. It is how we distinguish different colors!
One way to explain hue is to open an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop (PS Elements 13 #afflink). Usually there is some sort of Hue/Saturation adjustment option, like I’ve shown below:
You’ll notice three sliders. hue, saturation, and lightness. The lightness slider is similar to the tonal ranges lwhen we learned about grayscale. Saturation is how much color or how little, and hue is the specific color (as in ROYGBIV) of the tone.
We’re going with another simple coloring page today.Print it out and try to duplicate the hues with whatever media you’d like – crayons, acrylic, markers, colored pencils, etc. Then, go out into nature with your printable, and look around. See what hues you can find in real life that match (or closely approximate) the hues you’ve colored.
Here’s the printable (download links just below the picture):
Make sure to check back next week for the next post, where I’ll share an activity for the letter J (learn about jaggies). You might also enjoy revisiting last week’s activity where we learned about grayscale.
Join Betsy as she works through the alphabet in this educational series for kids… The ABCs of Photography! We’ll cover topics from A to Z, with activity ideas for both younger and older kids
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