Colour is everywhere and if you are drawn to colourful scenes, then you are well ahead of me in this lesson. You can be very creative and add a huge splash of interest to your photos by utilising a variety of hues.

Deep, saturated colours have an impact. The key to using strong colours successfully is in keeping the composition simple. Including lots of different colours in a photo lessens their impact. For maximum effect, stick to a few blocks of bold colour.  

Colour photography isn’t just about strong colour. Colour photography can be very subtle, almost monochrome. You’re more likely to get pastel colours on a dull cloudy day. This type of light, which is so soft that there are almost no shadows, is ideal for subjects like portraiture, flowers, still life and waterfalls – anything where too much contrast could ruin the photo.

Bright primary colours tend to attract the eye especially when they are contrasted with a complementary hue as you will see in the examples below.

Use One Colour Against a Neutral Background.  Placing a strong colour against a neutral background emphasises the colour because there are no competing hues to detract attention from it.

How do you find a neutral background? Anything that’s grey or black will do, and it can also work if the background is in deep shadow.

Let one colour dominate, then the colour becomes the main subject of the photo. The effect is even stronger when the dominant colour is a primary colour (red, yellow or blue).

View each of the following colourful images and notice how your eye is drawn to the scenes. Visualise your next images and think how will you use colour in your next photo? 


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