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5. Color Elements > Keep Contrasting Colors to a Minimum

Keep Contrasting Colors to a Minimum

Before shooting, look at your scene and see if there is an area containing fewer colors. Imagine you’re shooting a portrait of a high school senior and in the area behind your subject there is a red stop sign, a green car, some blue sky, orange flowers, and green grass (5.1). Distracting, right? As photographers, we need to remember to keep our visual message clear.

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5.1. This is an example of what happens when you have a background with every color under the sun. Even though people appear in this photo, you hardly notice them because of the distracting shapes and colors all around.


  

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