Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All Photographers

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All PhotographersPerhaps, you know how colors help create the mood of your photos. You don’t need advanced photography lessons or experience to know the impact of colors on photos.

When I was just starting out in photography, effective use and composition of colors in images was among the first things I had to learn. I realized how powerful colors can be when I had my room re-painted. Using an air compressor (visit AirCompressorJudge.com for more details about air compressors for painting), the dull white walls were painted with bright yellow. The change in color gave my room a lively, refreshing vibe.

Colors are a universal language. They are a powerful element in life as well as in photography. They can evoke feelings and mood that ultimately impact its audience, whether they will love the photo or hate it altogether. And in order to use colors well in your photography projects, it would help to know what emotions each color evokes or means.

  1. Red

Feelings of warmth, passion and love are widely attributed to red. It also creates a sense of fierce and regalia. When used in contrast with white, red creates a major contrast but with a touch of grace.

  1. Orange

The color of sunset, orange gives warmth and enthusiasm to your photos. Our eyes are instinctively drawn to orange being one of the best hues of nature, especially seen as the sun sets.

  1. Yellow

Yellow comes in different tones and hues, and each of this gradient can evoke a totally different emotion. Light yellow creates a refreshing mood, but excessively bright or deep tone will leave you irritated. Saturating your photos with yellow also has a tiring effect. As such, yellow should be used only as down-tone.

  1. Green

The color of nature, green brings in life and tranquility to your photos. Perhaps, you’ve seen how pro photographers effectively use green in food photography. Yellow and green seem to contrast each other well as these colors evoke completely opposite mood. Use these two colors in equal proportions on your photographs and see how it gives it a lasting impact.

  1. Blue

Blue is the color of sky and it signifies hope and calmness, but some tones can evoke sadness. You’ve probably heard about some ‘feeling blue’. It is best paired with black to create a powerful and formal appeal.

  1. Black

Different people attach different meanings and emotions to black. In photography, black can be interpreted as either an amalgam of all the colors or the lack of it. Be extra careful when using black in your photographs lest you turn-off your audience. This color is also considered the ‘most formal’ of all colors. Highlight black if you want to convey serious sentiments.

  1. White

Give your photos soft and light emotions by maximizing white and other light tones, especially pink. These very light colors bring a sense of serenity and space. It adds depth to your photos. White contrasts perfectly with most other warm colors, but most especially with green.

Let your photographs reflect the emotions you want. Use the right colors, shades and contrast, and be amazed at how evocative your photographs can be!

An Absolute Read for All Photographers