Is Color Really Important?
Color is another important element of a great food photograph. Like we have talked before on this blog, without the right color in the photo, food doesn’t remain appetizing.
Black and white photography is an amazing art and for the type of food photography we are talking here, color in food photos in very important. Color moves us visually and creates temptation in food photos.
5 Ways to Get Color Right
So if you would like to capture the right color in your food photography, how would you go about it? Previously we talked about five ways to get colors right, These five ways are really what it takes to make sure you have correct colors. Here are those five ways:
Use Correct Artificial Light
To read more about the 5 ways of getting true color, go to this link
Understanding the Color Chemistry
After knowing the importance of right color and how to get true colors, the next important thing is to understand the harmony between colors. Colors have a chemistry and the juxtaposition of these colors in a frame impacts the photograph immensely.
Below is a variant of color wheel, commonly used by graphic designers. Based on this color wheel, colors on opposite side of this wheel complement each other in a scene. So, red would complement green, blue complements orange and yellow complements violet.
Using Color Wheel to Compose a Compelling Image
Based on this wheel, now you know the harmony between the colors. This wheel can be used to compose a photograph with color. If you have a dish that is dominant in yellow color, to create a photograph with heavy contrast, you should use the color that’s opposite to yellow in this circle.
Violet, when included in a frame with a dish that is dominantly yellow, will create a photograph that is vibrant and creates amazing contrast.
Captivating Color: This book is about capturing color in photography. This book focuses on the topic of color from a photography as a whole and not specifically towards food photography
Your assignment is to create vibrant photograph by choosing a dish dominant in a certain color and fill your make photo that uses complementary colors. Composition should always start with your goal and then move to the color of your food or hero.
Use your creativity and make a photograph that shows colors and their complementary pairs.
Good luck. Happy coloring.
Photo Blue Orange Color Chemistry by D Sharon Pruitt