26 : Contrasting Color


Color Buzz

Welcome ShootAlongers! In this lesson we are going to explore contrasting colors, also known as complementary colors. The goal is to carefully feature only certain colors in your images. For subtle contrast, try pairing colors that are at least one step away from each other on the color wheel (yellow and blue, purple and orange, etc.). For the more dramatic images, use colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. (orange and blue, red and green, or yellow and purple.)

Contrasting color is a great way to make your images more exciting. 


Juxtaposing strong colors is a technique that will draw the viewer's attention directly to your subject, making it “pop”.


Creative Prompts

1. As you photograph at your scene, you may need to exclude areas to give your shot more impact. In the shot above of the girl with the flowers, for example, including the blue sky or the brown pathway would have detracted from the strong contrast created by using just the pinks and greens.

2. All skin tones are made up of yellows, oranges and reds. With this in mind, blues, greens and purples are the opposite colors to skin tones. Keep this in mind when photographing faces!

3. We learned when shooting vibrant color a few lessons ago that plentiful light will help your colors appear fully saturated. Less light will create images with more subtle saturation. You will probably want to lean toward brightly lit scenes for this lesson to help capture contrasting color.


Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!