Best book on COLOR?
Posted 30 January 2006 - 12:38 PM
I am very interested in color... and I want to read more on color. So far, I've read COLOR AND HUMAN RESPONSE by Birren, EXPLORING THE COLOR IMAGE (the Kodak booklet), INTERACTION OF COLOR by Albers and IF IT'S PURPLE SOMEBODY'S GONNA DIE by Bellantoni.
I still haven't read any of the Storaro's books because (even used) they are prohibitively expensive for me, as a film student.
I am interested in reading a book that talks about color more from a creative point of view. Does anybody know of a REAL GOOD book on color? How to use it to create mood, how it affects the audience psychologically, how to combine and juxstapose colors, etc
I realize the pool of selection can be quite large, since I am not looking for books geared necesserily towards the film medium (if it is, the better). But if anyone ever read a book on color and thought that was just great and inspiring, I would really appreciate letting me know into the secret...
Thanks a lot!
Posted 30 January 2006 - 01:43 PM
Kodak also has tutorial material and programs:
Do a search for tutorials on the Internet, such as:
Posted 30 January 2006 - 04:16 PM
Also Blain Brown's books, "Cinematography" and "Motion Picture Lighting" both have sections on color theory in relation to filtration, film stock and color temperure.
A physics book always does the trick too!!
Posted 30 January 2006 - 04:31 PM
To go back to my first point: I am not interested that much anymore in the physical properties of light/color, or simply the mechanism of vision. So no need for tutorials or physics book. As I said, I am interested to learn how people use color creatively. How color affects us psychologically, what are the cultural associations in different civilizations, and so on. How different colors (or combinations) affect people, even subconsciously.
Again - not necessarily in film. Architecture. design, painting, etc. How color affects us in general.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:30 PM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 10:54 PM
I'd also recommend "Vision In Motion" by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, it's been out of print for a long time, but you could find it at a library with a decent arts section, most universities would probably have it.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 12:06 AM
Posted 02 February 2006 - 07:29 PM
But there's nothing on technique, either from the point of view of the DoP or the designer - or the lab or colorist for that matter.
Disappointingly the author doesn't cover "Hero" - probably it is too recent for the book's publication date, but you could almost do an entire book on that film.
But for what it does say, I'd certainly recommend the book.