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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. On a color wheel the main colors are red/yellow/blue, and their opposite colors are green/purple/orange. Using these colors correctly can add balance and symmetry to your images (Figure 8.15).

You can use color as a theme in your photographs (Figure 8.16). 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 8.17).

The pink and turquoise colors in this image are complementary and help to balance the composition of the shot.
FIGURE 8.15 The pink and turquoise colors in this image are complementary and help to balance the composition of the shot.
Try to create 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 8.16 Try to create 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 8.17 Matching the background with your subject’s eye color can make their eyes really stand out.