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1st Edition

Capturing Colour

ISBN 9782940373062
Published November 12, 2007 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Basics Photography 03: Capturing Colour gives readers a comprehensive introduction to the subject of colour and how to master its use in the process of photographic image-making. The topics discussed range from basic colour theory to the colour temperature of light and how to use colour to maximize the impact of compositions. A full and intimate understanding of colour is vital to the creation of dramatic, emotive and powerful photographic images. The way we choose to use colour will greatly influence the success of our image-making.

Table of Contents

How to get the most out of this book; Introduction; Chapter One: Colour theory; The colour wheel; Primary, secondary and tertiary colours; Complementary colours; Colour harmony; Additive colour; Subtractive colour; Examples; Chapter Two: Vision; The human eye; Colour constancy and metamerism; Colour blindness; Psychological influences; Cultural influences; Chapter Three: Light; The electromagnetic spectrum; Colour temperature; Infrared; Chapter Three: Photographic colour; Colour films; Daylight and tungsten balance; Digital colour; Chapter Four: Filtration; Filter systems; The Kodak Wratten series; Mired and mired shift; Colour temperature filters; Neutral density filters; Polarising filters; Artificial light; Chapter Five: Using colour; Limiting the colour palette; Colour for impact; Colour and emotion; Colour and time; Chapter Six: Processing and printing; Using RAW files and RAW conversion; Adobe Photoshop; Toned monochrome; Colour management; Digital printing; Chapter Seven: Colour captured; William Lesch; Joe Cornish; Wilson Tsoi; Sue Bishop; Steve McCurry; Conclusion; Glossary; Acknowledgements, contacts and credits

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Phil Malpas is a freelance photographer and writer based in Swindon. He was previously a director of Photofolio, a commercial gallery in the north of England, and is a regular contributor to various magazines. Working with both large-format and digital cameras, Phil teaches photographic techniques both locally and with photographic tours around the world.


The Basics Photography series is an ideal port of call for ... those just beyond understanding the basics. The series has a reputation for offering an essential introduction to the fundamental subjects within the realm of photography, and is undoubtedly an excellent resource for comprehensive advice. - Photoshop Creative