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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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5. MAKE THINGS POP WITH CONTRAST

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IF YOU’VE EVER watched a newborn baby closely, you may have noticed how intensely their eyes are drawn to contrast. Even before their vision is fully developed, they gravitate toward high-contrast scenes and objects.

You can compose scenes that contrast all kinds of things, including tones (highlights vs. shadows) and color (one color playing against another). Both are powerful ways to add interest to your images—for young and old alike.

The striking combination of rich blues with warm golds in Figure 5.1 is an example of color contrast that’s hard to resist, while the steep tonal contrast of Figure 5.2 shows how ...

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