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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.8Mixology: Additive and Subtractive Color Mixing

A few weeks ago I was asked to lecture at a college for a course in advanced cinematography. The professor requested that I include color theory in my lecture and at first I was a little overwhelmed at the concept. Color theory could fill an entire curriculum in and of itself— yet I only had a scant three hours to speak, and that was to be just one of the topics. I asked the professor for more detail on what he’d like to have covered and why and he told me that some of his students were having trouble grasping the idea of colored light and the way it interacts with colored sets and costumes. Aha! OK! So I can cover an introduction to additive and subtractive color mixing and help clear up that ...

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