Colour 2

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Using primary, complementary, and similar hues in photography.


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Colour: Contrast:

Colour: Contrast

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Relationship between hues tells a story: isolation, companionship, etc. Choose contrasting colours carefully!



Primary Hues:

Primary Hues Combining primary hues (red, yellow, blue) makes for energetic, dynamic images.

Primary Hues:

Primary Hues Generally, compose the image so that one hue is dominant. Balance with spots of contrasting hues.

Complementary Hues:

Complementary Hues Complementary colours are “opposites”—that is, they lie across from each other on the colour wheel.

Complementary Hues:

Complementary Hues Using complementary colours is another way to create dynamic images.

Complementary Hues:

Complementary Hues C omplementary hues emphasize difference, and make objects “pop”. They also can imply isolation.

Similar Hues:

Similar Hues Using similar colours makes for a more peaceful, static image.

Similar Hues:

Similar Hues Similar hues appear to “go together”, so that objects also appear to have a relationship.


Activity Create 3 collages, each focusing on a set of hues: primary, complementary, and similar. Each collage should be at least ½ page and be labelled on the back with your name, period, and name of the hue set.


Activity Take at least 3 great photos, each focusing on a different hue combination: primary, complementary, and similar. Save your files for later use.

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