Photography and the Color Red
Human blood, love, anger, sin, passion, and danger, are all symbolized by the color red. Additionally, in some cultures in the East red symbolized prosperity and luck. Several studies indicate that red carries the strongest reaction of all the colors, with the level of reaction decreasing gradually with orange, yellow, and white, respectively. In photography, the color red screams to be noticed, and can be used to create powerful, and sellable images. It’s no wonder then that designers utilize images with red to catch the attention of potential buyers.
My best selling image here at Dreamstime contains the color red:
I didn’t go looking to take a photo of anything red that day but when I happened upon the accident scene I immediately recognized the power that the color red added to the image.
Here are some other very popular and sellable images at Dreamstime where the color red is used:
The power of these images, because of the color red, is clear. Look through your portfolio here at Dreamstime and see if you utilize the color red. If you haven’t it may be time to make a change and add red to images that you submit. The results may be dramatic.
Good luck and I hope to see you out shooting!