Photographers often use photo-editors to create pop colors in photos. Photoshop, Lightroom... They have become more complex and powerful, and have been applied to create more possibilities in manipulating photos. Pop colors and fantastic effects can always be realized. However, what really determines the image quality is pre-processing more often.
Colors in photos can be designed according to your ideas. Making the best use of colors will create better visual effects in your portraits.
Here are 3 tips for color use in your portraits. With proper strategies of using colors, you can more easily achieve pop colors!
- Use Complementary Colors
There are a lot of theories about how color affects compositions, emotions and your subjects, but in portraits the most basic issue is to extrude your subject(s). Employment of complementary colors can effectively draw focus on your subject.
Complementary colors are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, red - green , orange - blue, purple - yellow. These complementary colors work well together since they are highly contrasting.
Paying attention to the color relations between the subject and the background and searching for a color contrast appropriately can help us obtain better visual effect.
Complementary colors can be quite dramatic when used at full saturation, as each color makes the other appear more active.
- Use Neutral Colors
Complement colors can make bold contrasts and visual impacts, while neutral colors create drama. Neutral colors like gray and brown will draw attention to a brightly colored subject. If you can not make sure how your model will dress up, or unknowingly wear a brightly colored dress, it is suggested to use a neutral color background to balance the overall color harmony.
Carefully choose a neutral color to combine with a bold color will make for a much more compelling image. It can also avoid distractions in the photo and extrude your subject. Remember the rule: Less is more.
- Use Bright & Colorful Backgrounds
It will be interesting to try bright & colorful backgrounds for your portraits, like a colorful wall or a building. Richness of the color on a background adds amazing visual effect to the image, which can be incredibly fashionable or exciting. It also adds elements of human interest, which can attract viewer’s attention and evoke emotions more easily.
Model with dull color or dark color cloth can be extruded against a brightly colored background, while someone with colorful dress can blend with surroundings. Bright color can always be a focus and attracts lots of creative viewer’s attention.
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