Analogous

Photographers should spend more time learning about color theory as it relates to the photographic image. For this reason we have included the short article below. However, for more comprehensive photography education consider enrolling in our online photography course.

Choosing colors next to one another on the color wheel can give your photographs flow, harmony and a easy to understand color theme. Analogous colors are located next to each other on the color wheel. Orange and yellow, for instance, are have an analogous color harmony as do blue and purple. Unlike complementary colors, analogous colors create a more soothing look to your photographs.

Here is an example of a photograph which uses analogous colors as its main color theme.

Yellow wildflower

Notice how the colors in this photograph relate to each other more. This creates less contrast and a more flowing looking photograph.

There is no “right” color theme to use in photography. However, it is important to know your different options so you can actively seek out the desired photographic effect your looking for. If you are trying to create a visually dramatic photograph it might be worth spending the extra time and looking for the colors in your surrounding which will help you make the dramatic look you are shooting for.

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