Use of Colors in Landscape and Nature Photography

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  • MonochromaticA monochromatic color scheme consists of the same color, in varying degrees of brightness or saturation. Most commonly, this color scheme can be seen in black and white images.

There are, of course, many other color combinations you can choose from to help make your landscape photography stand out. It’s also important to note that in many ways, color theory, and understanding which combinations work well –is more of an art than a science. Learning what looks good together is often the result of practice, and trial and error. Eventually, you’ll be able to tell at a glance when a combination just works.

Colors and Emotions

In addition to creating a visually interesting image when used in a combination, individual colors can evoke an emotional response on their own. Featuring certain colors in an image can result in a composition that has a certain feel to it; whether it’s tranquility, life, energy, and more.

Here’s a look at some emotions that different colors are often associated with, as well as some tips for working with these colors.


On the cool spectrum, the color blue is often associated with tranquility and calm. Darker blues tend to signify dignity and intelligence while light blue is most often associated with peace. Blue is also one of the easiest colors to find in landscapes and nature since it can be found in the sky and water.


Also on the cool spectrum, green is commonly associated with feelings such as hope, life, and growth. Green is found abundantly in nature scenes as well. In many cases, greens work well when used in analogous combinations, featuring a range of different shades of this color. When post-processing, keep in mind that adding a bit of blue to your greens can really help them to come alive.

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