Color Theory in Photography

A course by Yaopey Yong
Architecture and Landscape Photographer. Manchester, United Kingdom.
Joined August 2020
, Architecture and Landscape Photographer

Discover the magic of color composition in photography by learning harmony rules and color psychology to create images that evoke emotion

  • 79% Positive reviews (24)
  • 693 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Color Theory in Photography

Discover the magic of color composition in photography by learning harmony rules and color psychology to create images that evoke emotion

  • 79% Positive reviews (24)
  • 693 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 13m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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“When someone looks at a photograph an emotional response is triggered, and this allows for a very human experience.”

Color has the ability to transform the way we perceive an image—it is the unifying element when crafting the composition of a photograph. In this course, award-winning photographer Yaopey Yong teaches you how to understand color and apply its fundamental principles in your photography.

Explore the world of color theory both as a science and as an art form. Understand how we perceive color and learn the psychology and harmony rules behind it. Discover different camera and image editing techniques to emphasize color in every photograph you take.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Study of Color
  • U3
    U3. Capturing Light
  • U4
    U4. Reflect on Your Work
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin by getting to know Yaopey. As a surgeon inspired by the beauty of life, he tells his fascinating story about how he got into photography. He also shares his diverse influences that have helped shape his style.

Dive right into the fundamentals of color. Yaopey elucidates on how we perceive color on an anatomical level. Then, understand the different types of color wheels before learning about hue and saturation. Discover the concept of color harmony and the psychology of color by analyzing themes and palettes in Adobe Color.

Learn how to capture raw images in a way that tells a story. See how to get the most out of your camera by hearing Yaopey’s tips and tricks. Next, Yaopey walks you through his process when using color adjustment tools in Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to accentuate the different components of your images through the use of filters, masks, and by manipulating light and shadows.

Learn how to analyze your final image to evoke the desired response from your viewers. Understand Gaussian blur and pixelation and how it can be used to direct the focus of a photo. Wrap up by revisiting certain edits to assure you achieve the look and feel you aim for.

What is this course's project?

Edit a photograph with two different editing techniques to evoke two distinct moods.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for photographers and photography enthusiasts who want to increase their knowledge of color theory.

What you need

For this course, you will need a computer and access to image editing software like Adobe Color and Lightroom. You will also need a digital camera; Yaopey uses a DSLR. Optional materials include a white balance lens cap and a polarizing filter. Basic knowledge of photography and image editing is recommended.


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Yaopey Yong

A course by Yaopey Yong

Architecture and Landscape Photographer

A native of Malaysia and a surgeon by trade, Yaopey Yong has combined the different facets of his life in his work: his passion for life as a doctor, his admiration of nature like his homeland, and love for photography from his father, who is also an avid photographer.
Yaopey is the recipient of numerous photography awards including the Award of Excellence from The Spirit of Resilience Awards. His work has been featured in publications like National Geographic, Photography Week, and Asia Overland, among others. He has also had exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    The Study of Color

    • Fundamentals of Color
    • Color Harmony Rules
    • Psychology of Color
    • How to Study Color
  • U3

    Capturing Light

    • Capturing Raw Data
    • Creating the Story
    • Getting the Best of Your Camera
    • Color Adjustment Tools in Editing
    • Color Adjustments in Lightroom
    • Lightness Manipulation in Photoshop
  • U4

    Reflect on Your Work

    • Getting to Know Your Image
    • Revisiting Edits, Is Your Image Successful?
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Color Theory in Photography

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Color Theory in Photography. A Photography, and Video course by Yaopey Yong

Color Theory in Photography

A course by Yaopey Yong
Architecture and Landscape Photographer. Manchester, United Kingdom.
Joined August 2020
  • 79% Positive reviews (24)
  • 693 students