If you’ve been to art school, the concept of color theory isn’t an unknown. Working artists know that the practical use of color has little overlap with the theoretical.
Color isn’t a science. It’s not objective and it’s far from absolute.
Concerning what is “good color,” let me paraphrase a famous legal opinion from the 1960s, “I know it when I see it.”
Color in portraiture is usually about the accurate representation of skin tones. That’s often the last thing I’m considering when a subject is in front of my camera.
I like to take in all the chromatic cues I can find, average them out and see which one speaks to me first.
In this case, it was the voice of the scarf that got my attention.
By the way, I heard a whisper, not a shout.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.