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Beginner Basics — Colour and Photographic Potential (preview)

©Don Komarechka Gear: Canon 1DX, 65mm f/2.8 lens Settings: ƒ5 (focus stacked)@1/250 sec., ISO 100, handheld, flash

©Don Komarechka
Gear: Canon 1DX, 65mm f/2.8 lens
Settings: ƒ5 (focus stacked)@1/250 sec., ISO 100, handheld, flash

 

Of the many elements responsible for a great image, beginners usually ignore colour when considering their compositions. It’s easy to understand why — there’s so much to worry about. Focus, exposure, leading lines and balance; stressing out about the “rules” of composition sucks the fun out of photography. The easiest way to find great photographic potential is to look for the colour.

Different colours combine to add contrast and drama to a scene. The basics of colour theory would place the entire spectrum in a circle, commonly called a colour wheel. Colours on opposite sides of this wheel are considered complementary with the greatest contrast, and the technique of combining these colours together has been used by artists for centuries. Photographers play by the same logic!

Imagine a particular colour in your scene. Blue is common in all forms of nature photography. If I’m surrounded by blue sky, my next goal is to include something in the frame that is …

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