Color theory can be a helpful thing to keep in mind when planning your photo sessions.
You can coordinate backdrops, wardrobe and props to correspond with color schemes that make your images more striking and as visually interesting as possible.
When considering color, two things to consider are color harmony, and color context.
Color harmony is how well two colors go together, and to arrive at this it is helpful to look at complementary and analogous colors. Complementary colors are those at opposite ends of the color wheel, while analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.
Complementary colors include blue-orange, purple-yellow and red-green, while analogous colors include red-orange-yellow.
When people talk about “monochrome” looks, they’re often talking about analogous color schemes.
Color context refers to how well colors look when put next to each other in an image. For example, a small red subject on an orange background will stand out less than it would against a green background.
Below I’ll share a few personal examples of photos where I feel like the color scheme is helping drive the image. What are some ways you’ve experimented with color in your photography? Drop examples in the comments!
A lifesaver for shooting on location is a source of constant light that is portable and nimble. Cue: the light wand!
Light wands can be held in your hand, or placed on an available surface or light stand.
On the model I use, brightness is adjustable, and you can choose between 8 different colors for the light! Opening up the possibility of some really cool effects.
It also provides a nice soft, even illumination which is great for portraits. I’ve really enjoyed using it for off-stage photos of comedians between sets during the shows I cover. Here are a few examples of photos I’ve shot using it:
While flash is great under a lot of situations, shooting under continuous light offers several advantages over shooting with a flash:
If reading this has inspired you to get your hands on a wand of your own, you can find the one I use here.
Feel free to share your thoughts, questions and comments below. And if you do get a light wand of your own, share some of the images you take with it! I’d love to see your creations!
Speedlights are a type of flash that is adjustable both in terms of its brightness and the angle and direction it fires. This makes them fantastically versatile tools for lighting your photos. Speedlights can swivel left and right, and up and down, meaning you can fire your flash in many different directions while still pointing the camera lens towards your subject. This is great for if you want to aim your flash at something other than your subject, such as a reflector or even just a white wall, and reflect the light onto it. Additionally, the brightness of the flash can be adjusted from low power all the way up to full blast.
Allowing further versatility is the fact that speedlights can be used with remote firing devices, where one goes into the hotshoe of your cam, and the other onto the base of the flash. Then you can put the flash wherever you want and it’ll still fire in tandem with the shutter. You can even set it so multiple speedlights are synced with the transmitter on the camera, meaning you can have multi-point lighting using entirely speedlights.
For a demonstration and further explanation, check out the video below!