Our world is packed with colour and as photographers, especially those concerned with nature photography, can help but be amazed by the infinite variety of shades and hues, colours can be vibrant or delicate, saturated or pastel, warm or cool.
The way we use colour in our photographs can be crucial to the success or failure in an image.
Every colour as an opposite, such as Red - Green, or Blue - orange and for maximum impact you would position the subject against a background of its complementary colour.
Warm colours are much more assertive such as Red, Orange or yellow and are much more dominant. A splash of red helps (ladybird perhaps) lift a image. Cool colours such as blue, green or purple are gentle and restful, such as bluebells in a wood. The colours harmonise and do not contrast.
With regard to backgrounds, be careful not to have bright dominant colours in the background of your image as they will draw the eye away from the main subject. Using a polarizing filter will saturate the colour.
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