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What ’s the Big Idea?

Most of us see the world in colour, but us­ing colour in a graphic way will de­mand at­ten­tion of your view­ers. Un­der­stand­ing how our emo­tions re­act to colour can re­ally help in cre­at­ing com­pelling im­ages. You can of­ten find colour con­trast in na­ture and cer­tainly in ar­chi­tec­ture, but there is noth­ing to say you can’t cre­ate your own com­po­si­tions. Try putting two pri­mary colours to­gether; lie down in a field of pop­pies and shoot them against the deep, blue sky, for ex­am­ple.

What ’s the Key?

Sim­plic­ity in de­sign is the key to cap­tur­ing strik­ing colours, and of­ten mov­ing in close to your sub­ject will help you achieve this. With this im­age of the sin­gle opened sun­flower (top), I used a tele­photo lens to crop in tight on the flower, show­ing only the un­opened flow­ers around it. I ex­tended the tri­pod as high as pos­si­ble and an­gled the cam­era down in or­der to elim­i­nate the dis­tract­ing sky. The bril­liant yel­low against the muted green brings the whole idea to­gether.

Care­fully crop­ping out other open sun­flow­ers in this field pre­vented them be­ing dis­tract­ing

The colour of this lone tulip makes it ‘pop’

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