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Color Theory

Color Theory

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Published by: Ihsan Öztürk on Sep 02, 2010
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MOTIONPICTURECOLORTHEORY
 
COLOR THEORY
This self-study workbook includes general material about color that youshould know if you are involved in photography or photofinishing.You might ask, “Can someone involved at a beginning level understandcolor theory? Isn’t is a pretty complicated thing?”The answer is YES, IT’S COMPLICATED BUT, BEGINNERS CANUNDERSTAND THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF COLOR THEORY ANDMAKE USE OF THEM.It is true that some discussions of color theory are very advanced and canbe highly technical and complex. However, the central concepts thosethings you need most as a beginner … involve a few simple basic ideasabout
light
.You might also ask, “Do I really
need
color theory … or is it just somethingthat’s nice to know, but not too practical?The answer is YES, YOU NEED TO KNOW COLOR THEORY AND YOUWILL FIND PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF IT.Photographic techniques for both picture-taking and photofinishing centeraround light and its controlled use. The basis of all color theory is
light
.You will find color theory helps you to achieve proper color balance forcolor photography and for the lab. In photofinishing, you would use it inprocess monitoring techniques and for corrective action in printing. Andone more thing … color theory can help you with reasoning and problem-solving in many, many situations both in picture-taking and inphotofinishing.Even if you are already familiar with color theory, go through the material,It can serve as a review for you. (Besides, there may be something you’veoverlooked.)Now, let’s begin to look at color.1
 
COLOR
The basis of color theory is
light.
If you take this workbook into a dark room, you will not be able to see thecolors.
.
.
in fact, you will not be able to see the workbook either.
. .
That's because you need
light
to make things
visible.
REVIEW (Check your answers on page
3):
Your eyes need to see shapes and colors.It is important for
you
to understand that color depends onNow that we know that light is basic to color theory, we need to know thatlight is a form of
radiant energy.
Radiant energy travels through space with a wave
-
like motion. This wave
-
like motion travels in straight paths called
rays.
Some
rays
have long wavesand some have short waves.
A
wavelength
is the measurement of the distance from wave crest to wavecrest. The number of wavelengths (crests) that pass a given point
in
a giventime is called
frequency.

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