A classic color scheme using the full range of value (tints, shades and tones) of any one hue (color).
A harmonious color scheme using the full range of value (tints, shades and tones) of any related or similar hues. Anologous color schemes are found side by side on the color wheel and can include as many as 5 similar colors.
Complimentary color schemes use naturally contrasting hues that have no similarities. When using complimentary colors the eye is drawn to to the polar opposites create tension in the viewers eye that is difficult to look away from. This technique is often used to grab the viewers attention and is often used by sports teams and in logos. Pairs of complimentary colors are found directly opposite one another in the color scheme.
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How can color theory take your photography to the next level?
Understanding the psychology of color among the first steps in evoking an emotional reaction in your viewer. It is also a great way to emphasize particular areas within an image and draw the eye intentionally through out your composition.