After viewing Steve Gooch’s photo of a young man wearing a red shirt while skateboarding past a green building, I thought about the use of color in photography. Color is often overlooked and can detract from a photo. The viewer’s eye is always drawn first to vibrant or bright colors in a scene. This can create confusion if the colors are not important part of the picture.
But color can used as a compositional element in a photo. Vibrant contrasting colors can draw attention to one spot in a photo, like the young man in the red shirt.
Warm colors tend to advance while cooler colors retreat. By contrasting warm and cool colors the subject can be emphasized.
The same goes for spots of vibrant color surrounded by muted color tones.
Since colors can evoke a feeling or an emotional response they can help set the mood of a scene.
Other times the complete lack of color can add to the photo.
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