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Exploring Color Photography Fifth Edition, 5th Edition

Book Description

The classic book on color photography is back in print and completely revamped for a digital photography audience!

Learn from step-by-step instruction, illustrative charts, and unbelievably inspirational imagery in this guide meant just for color photographers. World renowned artists give you insight as to "how they did that" and the author provides challenging assignments to help you take photography to a new level.

With aesthetic and technical instruction like no other, this book truly is the bible for color photographers.

Be sure to visit the companion website, featuring portfolios and commentary by contemporary artists:


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Dedication
  7. Preface
  8. Contributors to Exploring Color Photography
  9. CHAPTER 1 Color Photography Concepts
    1. Newton’s Light Experiment
    2. Dual Nature of Light: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
    3. How We See Color
    4. Young’s Theory Applied to Color Photography
    5. Color Reality
    6. Color Description—Hue, Saturation, and Luminance (HSL)
    7. Color Relativity
    8. Color Contrast
    9. Color Harmony
    10. Color Observations
    11. Subtraction of Color
    12. Afterimage
    13. Cooking with Color
  10. CHAPTER 2 A Concise History of Color Photography
    1. The First Color Photographs: Applied Color Processes
    2. Direct Color Process: First Experiments
    3. The Hillotype Controversy
    4. The Additive Theory: First Photographic Image in Color
    5. Direct Interference Method of Gabriel Lippmann
    6. Additive Screen Processes
    7. Additive Equipment
    8. The Subtractive Method
    9. Subtractive Film and Chromogenic Development
    10. The Kodachrome Process
    11. Additional Color Processes
    12. Color Gains Acceptance in the Art World
    13. Digital Imaging
  11. CHAPTER 3 Exposing the Light
    1. An Exposure Starting Place
    2. How a Camera Light Meter Works
    3. Reflective and Incident Light
    4. How a Histogram Works
    5. Using a Gray Card
    6. Camera Metering Methods and Programs
    7. Brightness Range
    8. Basic Light Reading Methods
    9. Light Metering Techniques
    10. White Balance
    11. Color Modes
    12. Image Enhancement Modes
    13. Electronic Flash and Basic Fill Flash
    14. Unusual Lighting Conditions
    15. Reciprocity Law
  12. CHAPTER 4 Filtering the Light
    1. Our Sun: A Continuous Spectrum Source
    2. Color Temperature and the Kelvin Scale
    3. The Color of Light
    4. What Does a Filter Do?
    5. Filter Categories for Color Films
    6. Reflections: Polarized and Unpolarized Light
    7. Ultraviolet Light Filters
    8. Special Effects Filters
    9. Fluorescent and Other Gas-Filled Lights
    10. Why a Color May Not Reproduce Correctly
    11. Taking Chances
  13. CHAPTER 5 Seeing the Light
    1. How We See
    2. Visual or Haptic—Which Are You?
    3. Photography’s Visual Transformation
    4. The Color Key and the Composition Key
    5. Figure–Ground Relationships
    6. Natural Light
    7. The Time of Day/Types of Light
    8. The Weather and Color Materials
  14. CHAPTER 6 The Visual Language of Color Design
    1. Seeing Is Thinking
    2. What Is a Good Photograph?
    3. Making an Effective Photograph that Communicates
    4. Putting It All Together
    5. The Photographer’s Special License
    6. The Language of Vision
  15. CHAPTER 7 Working Color Strategies
    1. The Angle of View
    2. Selective Focus
    3. Contrast with Color
    4. Color Harmony
    5. Dominant Color
    6. Isolated Use of Color
    7. Monochrome
    8. Perspective
    9. Subdued Color
    10. Opposites: Colors Attract and Repel
  16. CHAPTER 8 The Interaction of Color, Movement, Space, and Time
    1. The Search for Time
    2. Mastering Digital Layers
    3. Controlling Photographic Time
    4. Postvisualization
    5. Composite Pictures
    6. Appropriation: Where Does Art Come From?
    7. Penetrating the Photographic Mirror
  17. CHAPTER 9 Digital Input
    1. Digital Photography: An Introduction
    2. The Comparative and the Cultural Eye
    3. Appropriation, Stock Images, and Copyright Issues
    4. Pixels and Silver Crystals
    5. Digital Cameras
    6. File Headers: Opening Files
    7. Storage Media for Final Image Files
    8. Scanners
  18. CHAPTER 10 Analog Input: Color Films
    1. Transparency Film
    2. How Transparency Film Works
    3. E-6 Processing
    4. Diversity of Materials
    5. Transparency Viewing and Duplication
    6. Color Negative Film
    7. Type S and Type L Films
    8. C-41 Process: Chromogenic Development of Negative Film
    9. Chromogenic Black-and-White Film
    10. Scanning Negatives
    11. Instant Photography
    12. Special Films and Processes
  19. CHAPTER 11 Digital Output
    1. Digital Printing Technology
    2. Displaying the Image
    3. Sizing a Digital File
    4. Achieving Photographic Quality
    5. Paper: Uncoated and Coated
    6. Inks: Dye and Pigment Based
    7. Printing Methods and Output Issues
    8. Service Bureaus
    9. Working with a Computer
    10. The Color Monitor
    11. Image Processing/Editing
    12. Software and Imaging Applications
    13. Basic Digital Imaging Categories and Tools
    14. Digital Memory
    15. The Computer as Multimedia Platform
    16. The Internet and the World Wide Web as a Virtual Gallery
    17. The Chemical, the Dry, and the Hybrid Darkroom
  20. CHAPTER 12 Analog Output: Color Printing
    1. Basic Equipment and Ideas for Color Printing
    2. Principles of Subtractive Printing: The Qualities of White Light
    3. Color Paper Selection
    4. Making a Contact Print
    5. Print Evaluation
    6. Internegatives
    7. Display and Print Materials
    8. Making Prints from Color Transparencies
    9. Color Correction Procedures
  21. CHAPTER 13 Color Projects
    1. The Camera
    2. The Pinhole Camera and Birth of the Camera
    3. Self-Portraits
    4. View From Within/Portrait as Social Identity
    5. The Human Form
    6. Landscape Defined
    7. The Power of Nature: Visceral vs. Theoretical
    8. Still Life
    9. Internal Color Events: Evoking Inner Realities
    10. Fabricating Photographic Reality
    11. Words and Photographs
    12. Photographs from a Screen
    13. Hand-Altered Photography: Flexible Images
    14. Artists’ Books and Albums
    15. Individual Problem Solving
    16. Photograms
    17. Chemigrams
    18. Non-silver Approaches
    19. Postcards
    20. Stereoscopic Photography
    21. Future Developments
  22. CHAPTER 14 Photographic Problem Solving and Writing
    1. Deliberate Practice
    2. Tolerating Failure: Photography Is a Lot Like Baseball
    3. The Problem-Solving Process
    4. Understanding Photography’s Roles
    5. Writing About Images
    6. Writing an Artist’s Statement
  23. CHAPTER 15 Presentation and Preservation
    1. Analog Spotting: Chromogenic Prints
    2. Spotting Prints from Transparencies
    3. Digital Retouching and Repair
    4. Waxing a Print
    5. Archival Presentation
    6. Dry and Wet Mounting
    7. Floating a Print
    8. Frames
    9. Portfolios
    10. Self-Publishing: Print on Demand
    11. Images on a Screen: Web Sharing
    12. Print Preservation
    13. Digital Archives
    14. Camera Copy Work
    15. Presenting Work on a Disk
  24. Appendix 1. Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Digital Imaging Equipment
  25. Appendix 2. Safety in the Color Darkroom
  26. Appendix 3. Advanced Exposure Techniques/The Zone System for Color Photography
  27. Index