Kodak Education Color Theory

Kodak Education Color Theory - MOTION PICTURE COLOR THEORY...

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COLOR THEORY This self-study workbook includes general material about color that you should know if you are involved in photography or photofinishing. You might ask, “Can someone involved at a beginning level understand color theory? Isn’t is a pretty complicated thing?” The answer is YES, IT’S COMPLICATED BUT, BEGINNERS CAN UNDERSTAND THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF COLOR THEORY AND MAKE USE OF THEM. It is true that some discussions of color theory are very advanced and can be highly technical and complex. However, the central concepts those things you need most as a beginner … involve a few simple basic ideas about light . You might also ask, “Do I really need color theory … or is it just something that’s nice to know, but not too practical? The answer is YES, YOU NEED TO KNOW COLOR THEORY AND YOU WILL FIND PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF IT. Photographic techniques for both picture-taking and photofinishing center around 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 for color photography and for the lab. In photofinishing, you would use it in process monitoring techniques and for corrective action in printing. And one more thing … color theory can help you with reasoning and problem- solving in many, many situations both in picture-taking and in photofinishing. 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’ve overlooked.) Now, let’s begin to look at color. 1
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COLOR The basis of color theory is light. If you take this workbook into a dark room, you will not be able to see the colors. . . 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 on Now that we know that light is basic to color theory, we need to know that light 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 waves and some have short waves. A wavelength is the measurement of the distance from wave crest to wave crest. The number of wavelengths (crests) that pass a given point in a given time is called frequency.
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REVIEW (Check your answers on page 4): Light (a form of radiant energy) moves in patterns called The straight path of light is called Now try matching the columns: - Rays Light Wavelength Frequency Wave A. Radiant energy that travels through space with a wave - like motion. 6.
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course ARTM 360 taught by Professor Wentworth during the Fall '09 term at CofC.

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Kodak Education Color Theory - MOTION PICTURE COLOR THEORY...

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