In the 1930s, the International Commission on Illumination ran a series of tests, which proved that the effect of spectrally pure colors on the human visual system is identical to the combination of three colored beams of different wavelengths, namely red, green and blue. Hence, we could assume that if we reproduced these real-life color stimuli in a photograph, we’d get the most pleasing result. But let us tell you that it’s the biggest misconception.
«LIFELIKE: A book on color in digital photography» was written based on the belief that there’s no magical one-for-all solution in digital photography. On the contrary, all the recent advancements made it more challenging to be a photographer nowadays.
Creativity and color perception are key, but how can one even learn these things? Aren’t they supposed to be intuitive?
Does this slogan ring a bell? Back in 1888 George Eastman used this slogan to introduce the first camera for the mass use, namely Kodak №1. His invention revolutionised the photography market and made it accessible for everybody. Not to mention that Kodak’s profound research in color perception and reproduction played an important role in shaping global history of color photography.
However, in the last decades, digital photography has also revolutionised the way we take pictures and see the world. Although, modern photography doesn’t offer that kind of legacy, it still offers a lot of perks that we aren’t ready to say no to, such as:
•Speed; •Sharpness; •Dynamic range; •Lack of grain; •High resolution; •Low cost, etc.