Do you find color photography intimidating? It doesn’t have to be.
A great way to get started with color photography is by using analogous colors.
In this article, I’ll explain what they are and how to use them in your photography.
What Is Color Theory
You might think color theory is something only painters need to study. That’s not true. As a photographer, you can benefit from learning at least the basics.
Color theory is a collection of rules and guidelines describing the use of color in art and design. It was developed a long time ago.
It’s easier to make a great photo if you know which color combinations look pleasing to the eye. It all starts with the famous color wheel. It shows the relationship between colors. From there, it’s easy to learn about analogous and triadic colors.
This will definitely make you a better photographer.
What Are Analogous Colors
Analogous colors are not difficult to find. Just pick a color from the color wheel and pick the three colors to the left or right from it. For example, the color red can be picked with orange or purple.
You can also pick one color to the left and two to the right, for example. Those four colors are analogous colors.
You can also choose just two colors next to each other. They’re also called analogous colors.
Why Use Analogous Colors in Photography
Use colors next to one another on the color wheel in your photos. This will make them look harmonious and easy to the eye. The combination always looks calm and soothing.
That doesn’t mean it’s always the right choice for your photos but it’s a good guideline to experiment with.
How to Use Analogous Colors in Photography
If you’re a landscape photographer, it’s also easy. You’ll probably have photographed a lot of analogous color schemes unknowingly.
Here’s an example of analogous colors in a landscape.
But also in the streets, you can find analogous colors.
Don’t Focus on Colors Only
When using analogous colors, it’s important to keep it interesting. Colors so closely related to each other could look boring.
Skipping a colour is also a good idea. Instead of using green and yellow-green, use green and orange.
And the most important thing is to make sure that your images are balanced. Every component and color should have its place in the frame.
How you arrange everything is your task and the most difficult part of being a photographer.
Color theory might sound intimidating but it’s absolutely not. Learning how the color wheel works will definitely make you a better photographer.
Use guidelines like analogous and triadic colors to your advantage but don’t forget your own creativity. They’re guidelines, not laws.