First installment in this series - Monochromatic Color Harmony
Second installment in this series - Complementary Color Harmony
Third installment in this series - Analogous and Triadic Color Harmonies
Fourth installment in this series - Cool and Warm Color Dominance
Fifth installment in this series - Split Complementary, Tetradic and Square Color Harmonies
1 - Analogous Color Harmony
In an Analogous Color Harmony we use colors located next to each other on the color wheel. For example orange, yellow-orange, yellow, and yellow-green.
Analogous color harmonies are often found in nature because natural elements often feature colors that are close to each other. It is also a visually pleasing harmony.
To make this color harmony particularly effective, you need to first select a dominant color, second select a supporting color and third select an accent color.
2 - Examples
Example 1 - Aspen Forest, Eastern Sierra Nevada
Example 2 - Mauve Playa, Death Valley National Park
3 - Notes:
At first glance this harmony may look similar to the monochromatic harmony (see 1st essay in this series). However:
4 - Triadic Color Harmony
In a Triadic color harmony we use any three colors located at equal distance from each other on the color wheel. For example yellow, blue and red.
This harmony has a tendency to be quite vibrant, even if the hues are unsaturated. To be effective, the colors used in this harmony need to be well balanced. The best way to achieve this is to let one of the colors dominate and use the two other as accents.
Example 3 - The Battleship, Capitol Reef National Park
5 - Notes:
This color harmony is characterized by having a widespread range of colors;
6 - Exercises
Create a photograph that features a Triadic color harmony.
7 - Exercises
Create a photograph that features an analogous color harmony.
8 - Continuing Your Studies
Color harmonies are one of the most important aspects of a personal style. If you are working on developing your style take a look at my just-released Personal Style Master Class Workshop on DVD. A FREE 21 pages ebook table of content is available. All you need to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words ‘Master Class’ in the subject line and you will receive the link to the free eBook immediately.
In my next essay we will look at two more color harmonies: the Cool and Warm Dominance Color Harmonies. Stay tuned!
Alain Briot - NPN 2054
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