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



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




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


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


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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