This week ‘colour your Insta’ is the project that caught my eye. Although I have the assignments in order this might change there is one I need more time to work on it. Hmm? Flying a ‘drone’ in Assignment 25 anyone?
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The Power of the Colour Wheel
As you read the chapter you see that use of the colour wheel that you might have seen in art classes. Usually, this is a circular piece of card that you can adjust to show different combinations or colour schemes. There are great photos that demonstrate how colours fight or compliment each other.
This project is great for any image that has a strong colour or theme and the chapter’s featured photo is an effective composition of yellow and blue.
Colour Your Insta Tips
The text in the book focuses firstly on the use of contrasting colours like red and green or blue and yellow and I think this is because this kind of colour scheme catches the eye often on Instagram. Here are a few colour ideas the text prompted for me:
- Triadic schemes (three colours) like the photograph of Harvey. The strong colours and blue and yellow with elements of red.
- Complementary schemes on opposite sides of the wheel. Red and Green have an impact in the plant world.
- Monochrome – the sole use of one colour. it can be black, blue, or even red like the image of the CWA Muse® medallion below.
Getting Used to Using Color
Once you begin to use colour; either with Instagram’s filter help or using photo software then uploading to Instagram, you will start to gain confidence and explore how you can use colour in your photos.
I am looking at how to add adventurous colour to my cat photos but it’s a bit of a challenge finding a contrasting colour for a tabby that won’t sit still or a long-haired princess who hides in our asparagus bed. But I will keep trying.
Don’t Forget the Relevant Hashtags
My comment on the spelling of colour/color has a second purpose. When you add colour for a specific reason then add the alternative spelling and maximise your reach. Also mention the dominant colours you use e.g. #red #yellow #contrast #monochrome. Add these to your themed hashtags. I use #dashkittencrew and #dashkittenblog as well as colours when I am working on #52Assignments posts.
If you want to follow our journey on Instagram, you can find the 52 Assignments photos on DashPhotos2021