Canon 7D, Color

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Color can play an extremely important part in composition, and understanding how color works will only help your images. In color theory, every color has an “opposite” color that is complementary. The primary colors are red, green, and blue, and their complementary colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. Using these colors correctly can add balance and symmetry to your images (Figure 8.16).

You can use color as a theme in your photographs (Figure 8.17). It’s always a bonus when a person I’m photographing has bright-colored eyes. I try to match the background with their eye color—this highlights the color in their eyes and can really make them “pop” (Figure 8.18).

The pink and turquoise colors in this image are complementary and help to balance the composition of the shot.
FIGURE 8.16 The pink and turquoise colors in this image are complementary and help to balance the composition of the shot.
Try to fi nd color themes in your photos—in this image the yellow in the woman’s scarf matches the yellow paint on the wall directly behind her.
FIGURE 8.17 Try to fi nd color themes in your photos—in this image the yellow in the woman’s scarf matches the yellow paint on the wall directly behind her.
Matching the background with your subject’s eye color can make their eyes really stand out.
FIGURE 8.18 Matching the background with your subject’s eye color can make their eyes really stand out.