My 3 Favorite Ways to Use Color Theory

My three favorite ways to use color theory and Adobe color wheel for my food photography & styling. How I use colors to build my Instagram grid and portfolio. How I use Adobe Color CC to analyze some images and gather inspiration for my photography.

If there’s one thing I’m obsessed with, then it’s COLOR. I can assure you that. Every time I plan or shoot some new images, then one of the first things I think of is color palette. How exactly I use color theory in my food photography?!

  1. BUILD Portfolio or Instagram Grid

I like to use this website here (Color Kuler) to analyze my current Instagram grid. Once I learned about my color palette, I started to build my portfolio and Instagram with these colors.


I’m obsessed with grey and grey-blue(ish) backdrops. That’s why I started to build my portfolio on these colors. To be honest, I’m not completely happy with my grid. I know that there are so many things to do and change and it’s not perfect. However, it’s still a journey, and I like to see my progress through time. When I try to post almost every day, then it’s always a challenge to keep up with the color palette (not complaining, love the journey, just saying that it’s a challenge). 

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Color Kuler website to analyze my Instagram grid

  1. ANALYZE Images

Usually, I use Adobe Color CC where I can upload some of my images to understand the color palette I have used. In that way, I can study some of the images and color combinations I love. Sometimes I don’t even use that color wheel before, and I try to get some kind of feeling to make my composition. When I’m quite happy with the color palette, then I can analyze what I loved and didn’t like about it.

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Upload your images to Adobe Color CC

EXAMPLE: I didn’t use the color wheel for this image here, and I just used my instinct. In the end, I was quite happy with that color combination, and because of that, I uploaded my image to the Adobe Color CC, and it showed me the color palette. I got the results you can see here.

Chia Pudding with Frozen Berries_ Healthy Laura_ Food Photography & Styling

  1. Gather some INSPIRATION

I also love to use the color wheel to gather some inspiration for my future images. I try to choose my color harmony between analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound or shades. I try to play around with that Adobe Color CC and try to analyze the matching colors.

Quinoa Spaghetti_ Pesto_ Healthy Laura_ Food Photography & Styling

EXAMPLE: I will take the color GREEN and then think what kind of green foods I have at home. When I made these savory pancakes, then I had avocado, broccoli, and mint. All of them were in the similar hue. However, since the buckwheat pancakes looked more like YELLOW, then I tried to create a composition with ANALOGOUS colors. It means that I grouped three colors that sit beside each other on the color wheel.

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I used Adobe Color CC to create analogous colors

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  1. I haven’t thought about color theory at all. Thank you so much for explaining how you use it.

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