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Add A Splash of Color

A composition tip to help you spice up your pictures


Colors draw our attention, and certain colors do so more than others.

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 "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



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