Chapter 12. Color and Light


Light seeking light doth light of light beguile.

—William Shakespeare

There’s more to light than physics and optics, although those are certainly essential components. The work of a compositor is akin to that of a painter or cinematographer, in that a combination of technical knowledge, interpretation, and even intuition all contribute to getting a scene “right.”

Other areas of digital production rely on elaborate models to simulate the way light works in the physical world. Like a painter, the compositor observes the play of light in the three-dimensional world in order to re-create it in two-dimensions. Like a cinematographer, ...

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