It's Week #6: Complementary Colors

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See that color wheel? OK, now just take two opposite pieces of the pie, and there you have your complementary colors. Red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple.

Ever notice how Christmas sweaters or the New York Mets uniforms tend to POP? How about the Fanta or Firefox logo? Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night?
Complementary colors are used in logos, paintings, and of course, photography for good reason. Quite simply, these color combinations simply go well with together, and well.. complement each other, so that the scene appears balanced.

This week, we’re going to ask you to keep an eye on the colors all around you and see if you can find (or arrange!) a scene that showcases some complementary colors, and demonstrates how well they pop! Once you start keeping an eye out for them, you’ll begin to notice them everywhere!


Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Learn your colors! Knowing which colors complement each other will enable you to take amazing photos, like these ones here
  • Split toning is a great way to use complementary colors in your processing. For example, by processing your highlights with an orange tone, and your shadows with a cooler bluish tone, you can take advantage of the power of complementary colors. Learn about split toning in Lightroom and Photoshop (created by yours truly!)
  • Still a little confused? Check out this article on how to use complementary colors in your photography

Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Complementary Colors” from 2015 and 2016! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: Street Photography

For some extra credit joojoo, take to the streets! You’d be amazed at how many wonderful color combinations there are out there, and this will really make you look and see them! Have fun with this, ask strangers to pose for you, embrace the beauty that is this world!

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!!


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015