Photography School: Color & Perspective

example of a colorful photograph
photo by HoriaVarlan

This lesson is extremely important photographic lesson. As art photographers you'll need to put careful thought into what colors are going to make it into the 4 walls of your photograph. Painters spend a lot of time conceptualizing and thinking about what colors are going to make it onto their canvas. Painters spend a lot of time working with colors, they understand color psychology and they understand with great intimacy the process of mixing, blending and color coordination.

Photographers on the other hand spend very little time learning about color theory. Photographers who understand how to properly incorporate color into their photographs are rare. The photographers who do know how to use color can easily separate themselves from the herds of amateurs and have their photography stand out as unique, well organized and visually impressive.

As viewers of artwork, we often form a judgment about a piece within a few short seconds. Something about a photograph may 'catch our eye' or we simply look at it and think it looks 'right'. We often can't articulate what you like about a photograph. As amateur photography critics we often just say "I like it" or "I don't like it". However, there is something much more complex going on here. As a photographer it's your aim to understand what information the viewer is processing to come to the "I like it" observation.

As photographers we know that there are certain things that are pleasing to the human eye. As photographers we need to study what photographic elements the audience appreciates. One of these photographic elements is color organization. Many great photographs organize color in such a way that makes it easy for the human eye to look at the picture and enjoy the details. Before we go any further we need to learn the basic of color theory.

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See also:
Color Simplicity
Color Tinting & Shading In Photography
Analogous Colors
Complementary Colors
Color Wheel
Color Psychology In Photography
Color Balance and Highlight
Monochromatic Photography