A composition tip to help you spice up your pictures
November 8, 2007
Colors draw our attention, and certain colors do so more than others.
"Warm" colors -- red, yellow, and orange -- seem to push themselves to the foreground, while the "cool" colors -- blue, green, and violet -- seem to recede into the distance. If you photograph a warm-colored subject in front of a neutral background, it will stand out, as it does in the photograph, below, of a girl in a red dress.
But photograph a warm-colored subject against a cool-colored background, and your subject will fairly leap out of the image. The photograph of the yellow flower against the blue sky has an almost three-dimensional effect.
Mother Nature certainly knows what she is doing...and so do photographers who often carry a red or yellow jacket with them to put on their subjects!
Photos © Elinor Stecker-Orel