Ten Top Tips for 
Colour Perfection 

01 Complementary Shades

Keep shots harmonious by working with complementary shades. This will help increase image contrast and balance the overall shot appearance. 
02 Enhancing The Mood

Consider how colour can affect the mood of an image. Bright and bold shades tend to add energy whereas softer tones can have a calming effect.

03 Focus Points

Always ensure your main subject is the focal point of the frame. You can use warm, dominant colour hues to help assert their importance. 

Summer Fly

The yellow works to draw focus and connotates summer and warmth 

04 Colour Styling

Use props, clothing, lighting or even editing tricks to introduce specific shades into your shots. 

05 Light and Tone

Light plays a very important part in the reproduction of colour. Be aware that different directions and strengths of light will result in varying tonal shades and hues. 

06 Shooting Tricks

Get rid of unwanted colour distractions in the background of your shots by using wide aperture settings. The increased depth of field will softly blur them out of focus.   

07 Camera Settings

Always check that your camera is set up correctly to capture colour. Make sure that you’re working in Adobe RGB colour space, shooting RAW files and have the correct white balance settings for the scene you’re shooting. 

Spectrum series - Try shooting a set of images in the studio for a vibrant suite of colour-infused shots 

08 stick to the rules

For the best results when shooting colour, avoid framing more than three complementary hues in a capture. This will ensure your composition appears structured and well balanced. 

09 Editing Enhancements

Don’t be afraid to adjust the colour saturation or specific hues in post-production, it will help to increase vibrancy and contrast your captures and let you put your own stamp on the shot. 

10 Preserve and Protect

When you’ve printed your prize colour image, remember to store your prints carefully as they can be quick to fade in the sun. Keep them in your portfolio preferably in a cool and dry place, or use UV filter glass to preserve your framed images. 
“Don’t be afraid to adjust the saturation or specific hues in post-production” 

Background

If you have three colours in your subject, keep the background simple