Color contrast in digital photography

Color contrast in digital photography

Color contrast in digital photography makes a photo come alive. So, let us research together; know what contrast is and how we can make it reflect in our work.

Color contrast in digital photography 1Burning with the need to add a unique edge to your photo leads us to the simplest trick in the book;  finding a way to make the color contrast of your composition stunning.  We can  achieve this by making use of bold and arresting colors but first, we need to understand what contrast is.

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Contrast is the measure of difference between tones in an image. Contrast is also the scale of difference between black and white in your photos. With contrast you would be able to differentiate between light and dark.  Contrast adds dimension to your photos and this makes it more engaging. It invites the viewer into the photos.

Balance between contrast and composition

The ‘model’ balance between contrast and composition depends on:

  1. The type of subject in the photo
  2. The lighting used
  3. The mood and feeling you intend to convey in your photo

A good application of contrast to a particular photo may not be a perfect fit for another.   Creative eye and experience are necessary to decide this.  We can only attain this by constant practice!

Types of contrast

1.Tonal contrast is the difference between the lightest part of the image and the darkest.

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2. The second is color contrast. This contrast has to do with color features and the way different colors can enhance or subdue one another.


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Here are some tips for effective execution in creating a perfect contrast:

Look for opposites

Reflect opposites in your composition.  Take for instance, a church scenery where everyone looks solemn and reflective adorned in conservative colors of different wears and amidst the congregation sits a brightly dressed subject with a sunny smile.  The color contrast will definitely arrest the attention of your viewers, then the emotional opposition will add an extra tinge as well.

Take bold steps

 Black and white photography is common for color contrast shots.  However, if you want to add a special edge, experiment with action shots.


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