Colour

I am a huge fan of colour.  You can add a lot of creativity with colours and it is one of the most powerful composition tools you can have in your arsenal as a photographer.  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most badly used.

Having a good colour in a photo does not always equal increasing the saturation and the contrast.  In fact, rarely will that be the case.

How you choose to use colour is all related to your own personal aesthetic.  Some people prefer bright, popping colours, some prefer muted colour schemes and some prefer true to life while others prefer black and white.  As you take photos, pay attention to the things that seem most often to attract you.

Why do you photograph the way you do?  What colours do you find are most prevalent in your work?  What is their effect on you psychologically?  Does a particular colour make you feel good?  Is that the effect you would like them to have on the viewers of your photographs?  If so, you’re on the right track.

Bright primary colours really attract the eye, especially when they are contrasted with a complementary hue.  But there are other ways of creating colour contrasts.  By including a bright splash of colour against a monochromatic background, for example.

You don’t need strong colour contrasts to create striking pictures.

Scenes consisting almost entirely of a single hue can be very effective.  And those with a limited palette of harmonious shades, such as soft lit landscapes, often make great pictures.

The key is to be selective about how you isolate and frame your subjects to exclude unwanted bit from your photo.

Download the free PDF I’ve prepared for you which shows good examples of the use of colour in photo composition.

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