Step Up Your Game Up With Color Theory

 

Most of the time photographers don’t have much control over the color of a scene (unless designing a set).  However, it’s important to learn some color basics.  Being conscious of the color wheel and how artists can lend good guidance.

 

The Color Wheel

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Here’s 3 ways to make use of the color wheel:

 

Opposites/Complementary

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Generally speaking, opposite colors on the color wheel go well together.  In a scene with mostly green, a splash of red will really make the image pop.  

 

Adjacent/Analogous Colors

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This creates peaceful and comfortable images.  Try keeping this in mind when doing portraits or placing objects in the scene.

 

Split Complementary Colors/Triad Colors

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These tend to make an image more lively, making a triangle on the color wheel.  

 

Use the Adobe Color Wheel to check your images and optimize color in your images.

 

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