Light and Color in Nature and Art

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An introduction to the science of light and color and its applications to photography, art, natural phenomena, and other related areas. Explains the origin of phenomena commonly encountered in nature and art, emphasizing the physical aspects but also touching on aspects of physiology and psychology that directly influence how visual images are perceived. Covers the effect of mixing color, the notion of color spaces, how atoms and molecules affect light, how light can be measured, the effect of using a lens, and many other topics. Requires little or no mathematical background. Includes questions and references for further reading.

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Light and Color R. Daniel Overheim and David L. Wagner, both of Edinboro State College This concise easy-to-teach textbook describes the physical nature of light, the analysis of color, the mechanisms of color vision, and the fundamentals of geometric and wave optics. Limited use of mathematics and physics combined with an easy, conversational writing style makes this book particularly appealing to students of art, photography, drama (stage lighting and design), television, architecture, interior and fashion design, and psychology. Students are carefully introduced to different kinds of light sources (continuum, bright-line), and the concepts, of reflection, transmission, absorption and additive and subtractive primary colors. Other chapters deal directly with color—specifically colorimetry, color vision, the appearance of objects, and natural color phenomena. Extensively illustrated with color plates. Instructor’s Manual available. 1982 269 pp. Principles of Color Technology, 2nd Edition Fred W. Billmeyer, Jr. and Max Saltzman This updated new edition describes all major developments applied to the use of colorants (dyes and pigments) in the industrial and creative production of colored materials. Basic theory remains the same but in many cases, practice has become considerably more automated. This second edition includes more extensive coverage of metamerism, non-color problems—quality control, techniques of sampling and sample preparation, application of simple statistics, and methods for instrument selection. The authors also discuss some unsolved problems73151;for which technology has not fully developed. 1981 240 pp. Interested in color? You can’t afford to be without a subscription to the one journal for all color specialists, for everyone involved in the application of color as well as research in the field. Editor-in-Chief: Fred W. Billmeyer, Jr. Color Research and Application Color Research and Application is the only English-language journal that covers the entire spectrum of color. It fills the void created by diverse publications which offer only minimal coverage of this broad subject. Each issue presents reports on the state of the art, original full-length articles, news notes, meeting announcements, and book reviews. This important publication is far more than a scientific and technological journal. It publishes articles on color in art, design, education, business and industry, and is concerned with the science, esthetics, psychology, engineering and technology of the field. Published quarterly. Subscription on calendar-year basis.

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This expansive, detailed treatment provides the color theory and optics background your students need to understand light and color phenomena in nature and art. Drawn from over 10 years of teaching experience, this innovative new text presents a broad range of topics allowing instructors the flexibility to pick and choose specific subjects. Among the many topics discussed are polarized light, lasers and the electro-optics of television sets (both color and black and white). Light and Color in Nature and Art is guaranteed to stimulate interest in students of diverse backgrounds. Practical applications to art, photography, holography, television, color printing, stage lighting, and atmospheric effects are highlighted with numerous examples and illustrations. The authors trace the evolution of modern color theory from Newton’s crucial experiments through the origins of psychophysics in the 19th century to the establishment of an objective system of color measurement and specifications in the 20th century. Students are introduced to the elemental theory of ray optics and optical instruments, the operation of the eye, and the concepts underlying the production of light and its measurement. Then, a series of independent chapters carefully analyze the optics of a wide range of phenomena. Color plates help bring color phenomena to life for your students. And ... questions and annotated references at the end of each chapter make this extensively illustrated text an invaluable reference source.

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