Colour is an effective anchor in photography. Picking one accent colour helps to maximise the impact of a photo. Bold colours capture attention and can make the simplest photo appear much punchier.
1. Dominant Colour on Book Cover
The quickest way to make accent colours pop is to identify the dominant colour on a book cover and picking a background analogous to that colour. An example of this is what I did with Small Damages by Beth Kephart. The oranges on that cover are very striking.
I could’ve used a white background to avoid distractions. Instead, I placed the book on an orange background. This way the colour orange became a much stronger anchor.
Same goes with the audiobook of How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr on my iPhone. I matched a light purple background, which also served as a border around my phone. Using the purple accent colour also added another layer of interest to a photo that could’ve just been a plain old boring phone.
2. Stack Accent Colours
Generally, you can’t go wrong with book stacks. What makes book stacks appear more put together though is when their colours match. In this case, the combination of red books elevated that book stack. At the same time, reducing the colours in that book stack ensured that the camera on top remained the focal point.
3. Add Matching Items
There are so many photos of open books, so how can you set yours apart from the rest? You guessed it! Pick an accent colour. In my example I used brown. The wooden background alone wouldn’t have been anywhere near as interesting without the chocolate placed on top of the open book’s pages.