Exercise 3. – Colour relationships

Colour has such a huge impact on everything. Some colours are unpleasant to look at, some we just love, they just work together. Thinking about fashion, when a garment piece is designed or an entire outfit is planned; interior design, how the furniture, the accessories are in harmony with the wall colour and of course in photography the same applies, our eye is seeking for pleasant colour combinations but what’s the science behind all?

For this exercise I needed to study complementary colours, the colour harmony between two colours that found directly across from each other on the colour wheel. Colours are in harmony when they are in inverse proportion to their relative brightness, for example red and green are equally bright therefore the ideal combination is 1:1, orange is twice as bright as blue so two times more blue needed compare to the amount of orange to create a balanced combination (1:2), yellow is even brighter so the ideal proportion is 1:3 as opposed to violet.

Part 1

The right proportions


Red: Green 1:1


Orange: Blue 1:2


Yellow: Violet 1:3























Part 2

No strict rules


Red: Green Less red compare to previous part


Orange: Blue Overpowering green, orange and blue as colour accent.


Yellow: Violet Slightly less violet, same amount of yellow





























I found it really difficult to find exact colour combinations in the right proportions in nature, so I asked my friend to be my subject with some colourful clothes. Although there aren’t just pure colour pairs, I tried to keep the brightness on the same level to illustrate their harmonious relationship. I recently came across a retoucher’s article about this subject, as I’m really into portrait photography it was fascinating to see using this technique to create beautiful images. Now I understand how it works and looking forward to practice with it in the future.
Article : http://www.diyphotography.net/the-power-of-color-and-color-harmonies-in-composition/


Michael Freeman – The photographer’s eye


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