colours value

Low Value colours are in the shadows.

When light reflects at a lower level the value is darker. When the light reflects at a higher rate the value is lighter.

There is often confusion between value (shade or darkness) and chroma (intensity or saturation)

The diagramme opposite shows the high chroma/ high value colour is really saturated and in the bright light. The weak chroma/ low value has little colour and is in the shade.

When you tone a colour (add a contrasting colour) it becomes greyer, and looks darker.

The landscapes show shadows and light areas.