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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 4. Create Visual Depth with Color

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There’s no hiding it. We photographers are working with a two-dimensional medium. We print our images on paper, and we look at them on flat digital screens. We can’t reach into the image and walk through it. Luckily, our eyes are magnificent organisms, and they perceive depth and dimension.

Colors help us construct that dimension, from both a visual and a conceptual or interpretive perspective (the latter of which will be discussed in the next two chapters). Knowledge of color theory helps photographers build an eye for existing color, construct environments that use ...

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