“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”
— unknown

Hello photographers! I had a blast on Saturday, and I hope you all did too! It was nice, getting way to a new atmosphere and viewing the world. I can’t wait to see your photos!

Now that we are coming to an end of our photo essay, we are going to begin another photo collection for display at New Season’s Market in July 2016. This show is already reserved, so you can go ahead and get excited about it! At the beginning of the month we will have an artist reception with lots of delicious treats from the bakery at New Season’s Market.

Color Harmony

On Week 3 I shared with you all about the elements of art. I would encourage you to review this lesson. Of the elements of art, I did not dive into color. The reason why, is because I wanted to save that for later. Later has finally arrived! So, let’s begin!

Color appeals to our sense of sight, very much like musical notes appeal to our hearing. When certain musical notes are played together, they sound lovely while other-times they sound awful. When they sound nicely together this is called harmony. Color is the same way, visually appealing colors harmonize. Graphic artists and photographers use these color harmonies to their advantage to tell a story or convey a message. Lets discuss a few of these harmonies below, but first you will need to have a visual of the color wheel. 


Colors that are complimentary appear opposite of each-other on the color wheel. ie: red/green, violet-blue/yellow-orange, blue/orange



3-4 colors next to each-other on the color wheel are called analogous colors. They are most commonly found in nature. ie: red, orange-red, orange


To find a split you start with your primary color, in the diagram below that would be red-orange. From there you hop across to the complimentary color, but instead of choosing that color, you go with the two colors just to the left and right of the complimentary color.



Your basic Primary colors (red, yellow, blue) are a triadic color harmony. It’s called triadic, because this harmony makes up a triangle on the color wheel.



This harmony is made up of a square (or even a rectangle) on the color wheel. Some people call this harmony double complimentary, because it consists of two sets of complimentary colors. 



The last harmony is called monochromatic. Broken down, the word means “One Color” (mono=one, chromatic=color). For something to be truly monochromatic, it has one color ie yellow, or blue-green… the artist is able to add black or white to the color to make tints and shades, but it still stays just one color.

TIP: Black & White are not colors – thus why you won’t find them on the color wheel. They are “Values” that help us create “Tints” and “Shades” of colors.

So, how will this work in your next project? You tell me. I want you to figure out a way to incorporated color harmony into a small series – Maximum of 4 images. Maybe you want to use the Tetrid color harmony, and in one image you photograph all red m&ms, the next all Blue and in the third all Yellow. Or maybe you want to photograph a sunset to demonstrate analogous color harmony. I’m giving you a lot of flexibility in this assignment.

I want you guys to push yourself… be creative. The main perimeter is that the entire frame needs to be filled with the color you choose. If the color needs to be green but there are bits of the blue sky showing, this does not count. You must be very picky!

Here are some color harmony examples, can you figure out which is which?


Think it over, talk with you parents, look online, get some ideas. We will talk about this more on Thursday!

WEEK 15 – Assignments for March:

  1. Upload your best city photography images
  2. Upload any last photo essay images before Thursday (last call – I will not accept anymore after this Thursday @ 6pm)
  3. Meet for class “Google Hangout” to discuss essay: Thursday March 10 – 6:00 pm (Let me know if this time does not work for you! I can be flexible.)
  4. Email me your color harmony plan/idea, once you get approve then you may begin your assignment
  5. Film/Darkroom photography tentatively planned for – Saturday APRIL 23 (check your calendars and let me know if this time works)