Color matching techniques for photo composition

Every time I see a beautiful photo, do I always feel that they have one thing in common -- that is, the color collocation is very clean, and the whole photo looks very comfortable and clean. So what is the color collocation when taking pictures and composing?

Just like dressing up, people who can match clothes always give people a comfortable feeling, for photography, is no exception. A good color combination will make your photos shine. Today we are going to learn some color matching techniques for photo composition.

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Color matching techniques for photo composition

1. No super tricolor and no confusion.

Many people like to shoot whole and big when they are just in touch with photography, which will lead to a lot of picture elements and chaos. In the same way, if there are too many colors in a photo, it will be very messy, unprioritized and unfocused. So, I put this photography color technique in the first place.

Use no more than three colors in the photo. Many of the photos that look simple, clean and nice are in three colors or less. By simplifying the color, to achieve the purpose of simplifying the photo, is a shortcut to take beautiful photos, is also the premise of many photographic color applications.

2. Local color is not general.

Sometimes, we ignored the key points of Formula 1 when shooting, resulting in too many colors and too much clutter in the picture. Or, we want to show a different effect through color, make the subject of the photo more prominent, more obvious. This idea can be achieved by preserving partial color in the photo.

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3. Use collision colors to emphasize the main body

It is not that the larger the subject is, the more prominent it is. But when the contrast between the two colors is large, you can use the contrast between different colors. The reasonable arrangement of the composition can highlight the distance and strengthen the space.

It should be noted that the contrast between colors is obvious only when the saturation is high.

If the color becomes lighter (lightness increases) or darker (lightness decreases), the contrast effect will be weakened and tend to be harmonious. The sharp contrast can give our eyes a strong sense of color jump.

The use of color contrast to highlight the main body is often used in street photography to simplify complex pictures and make simple pictures dramatic and philosophical.

Light objects look mostly light, such as smoke, white clouds, etc; The heavier objects are mostly dark, such as steel, rock, etc. This subjective feeling of color is the sense of weight of color, and this color contrast can strengthen space.

4. Use color to emphasize patterns

When shooting such figures, you may need to think more about the composition and decide the geometric effects you want to show, including symmetry, parallelism, crisscrossing, radiation, circumgyration, distant extension, etc., using different angles to shoot unusual works.

Why use color to emphasize patterns rather than regular geometry? It is hard to avoid monotony when the same geometric figures are repeated.

Color always attracts the audience's attention as an attachment to form, line and texture, and heavily colored shapes can dominate the whole picture.

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5. Use color to emphasize emotion

Black: solemn, mysterious, and depressing, which makes the picture abstract and gloomy.

White: It conveys the feeling of cleanness, brightness, simplicity and purity.

Red: passionate, unrestrained, joyful, restless and other more intense emotions.

Green system: it represents vitality and vitality, and reminds people of green and leafy grass related to life.

Blue: calm, serene, peaceful, deep, etc., which makes people think of the sky, the sea, etc.

Yellow: Yellow often gives people a noble, bright, warm, open-minded, brilliant and gorgeous feeling.

Purple: Purple is a mysterious and rich color, which is a multifaceted color. It combines the warmth of red with the tranquility of blue, which can show vitality and calm.

Color is one of the most profound themes in photography, which has a profound impact on emotion. Therefore, there is no doubt that whenever possible, we should try to understand its characteristics.

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