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Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Directing the Eye, Creating Visual Depth, and Conveying Emotion by Jerod Foster

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Chapter 2. The Subjectivity of Color

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You have understood color ever since you learned the names of colors as a youngster, right? What more is there to get? Plenty!

Color in photographs can evoke emotion and other reactions, so it’s worth understanding how color physically grabs the photographer’s and the viewer’s attention and then putting that knowledge to use. This chapter briefly highlights how color is perceived—from objective to subjective perspectives—and why the science behind color is important to photographers.

Three Ways of Understanding Color

Just think, color photography didn’t arrive until the ...

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