stuart murdoch
Photography Instructer

Colour Theory For Photography Students

Project Published 1/6/15 Last updated on 3/1/20

This project attempts to guide students to an understanding of and thinking about colour relationships in Photography. They will use several tools both online and off to think about and explore colour and make either a photograph or a series of photographs that demonstrate their understanding of colour and colour theory.

Visit the adobe color website, and follow the instructions below.


A. Use the colour rule on the left and the radial sliders to make the following colour combinations and take a screen grab of each. (Command-Shift-4 and make your selection);

Cool Analogous colours with deep saturation.

Cool Analogous colours with pale saturation.

Cool Monochromatic colours with deep saturation.

Cool Monochromatic colours with pale saturation.

Cool Triad colours with deep saturation.

Cool Triad colours with pale saturation.

Cool Compound colours with deep saturation.

Cool Compound colours with pale saturation.

B. Under the heading Create at the bottom of the Adobe Kuler webpage, select Create from Image

Select an image from your image files. Under Colour Mood, select various settings and view your image. Notice where the program selects various colours in your image. Make a screen grab of two different settings and make a note of which colour relationship exists in your image, i.e.. monochromatic, analogous etc


Using a digital SLR, capture a series of images that explore the following colour relationships; Print out your examples from the above exercise and carry them around with you while you work.





Presentation/MEDIA [either in your visual diary or on your class blog]

8 x screen grabs of colour combinations [Part One]

2 x screen grabs of a selected image with two colour moods. (Part One)

4 x image files saved as jpegs (Part Two)

Age Levels
1+ Week
Custom Standards
Certificate IV in Photoimaging
ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer

Internet connected computer

35mm DSLR or equivalent


Data Projector

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
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Mike Skocko

Posted on 6/29/15 4:27:10 PM Permalink

Just stumbled onto and searched here to see if anyone had shared the resource. Love your twist on this, Stuart.