Color is something that’s on my mind a lot throughout the shoot process. It’s something to consider when planning, shooting or doing post work. This video from motion graphics artist Rhea Lelina Manglapus does a decent job at making color theory both fun to watch and pretty easy to grasp.
Starting with the basics, Rhea takes us on a journey that packs a lot of information into a relatively short amount of time. If you have started to dive into color (which we have lately), this would be a great refresher.
Without getting into the debate myself, there is some argument out there on exactly what constitutes the primary colours. I’m going to leave that one to those in the comments section.
Understanding hues and the relationships between them can greatly improve the color coordination of your images.
Color is important, even if you ultimately convert the shot to black & white, and color theory is a topic that I think can’t really be research too much. There’s far more to the theory and psychology of color than many of us can even imagine, but this video is a decent start.
But don’t stop there! There’s a mountain of information out there on the web, and plenty right here on DIY Photography.
A couple of tools that I find often invaluable for choosing color schemes are the Adobe Color Wheel (formerly known as Adobe Kuler) and the Color Guide palette from within Adobe Illustrator.
What tools do you use to help with choosing color themes for your work?