Vibrance of Colours

Multiple contrasting colours work well here because of a plain coloured background." Photography/Sandeep Debnath

Multiple contrasting colours work well here because of a plain coloured background.” Photography/Sandeep Debnath

Know what different colours mean and use them according to what emotion you want to convey in your photographs.

Colour is a vital visual element that helps narrate stories. When used effectively, colours can make a picture feel exciting, lively, mysterious or even melancholic and sombre. Something as simple as a door can look attractive if it is of a red or yellow tone.

An Emotional Quotient
Different hues evoke different emotions. Red suggests love and anger, while blue can be termed as calm. Yellow signifies happiness and sunshine, while pink conveys care and acceptance. Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-wai even stylises certain scenes with a particular colour tint to evoke a certain mood.

Contrasting Colours and the Way They Work
Using colours that are opposite each other in a colour wheel creates contrast. For instance, red and green, yellow and purple, orange and blue etc. The use of contrasting colours in itself is graphical and grabs attention.
While composing two different colours, make sure that they work harmoniously in that particular frame. They should not be distracting and jarring. This means that the proportion of each colour, combined together, must appease the eye.

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