BE CLEVER WITH COLOUR
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’