techniques of black-and-white printing, you will have a
color printing. The most difficult task in color printing
is distinguishing between various and sometimes subtle
colors and selecting filters to produce a color balanced
time and practice, you will make excellent color prints;
however, before color printing is discussed, the
principles of color photography and how they apply to
color printing will be reviewed.
demands and the cost benefits involved, color
photography has nearly replaced black-and-white
photography in Navy imaging facilities. Few amateur
photographers understand the complexity of color
reproduction in color photography. Most of these
amateurs take their unprocessed film to a drug store or
a 1-hour photo finisher. As a Navy Photographer's Mate,
you are a professional. To produce professional quality
color photographs, you must have a basic understanding
of the color process.
the colors is absent, the color is not white light, but a
different color-green, for example. When magenta (a
bluish red color) is absent, the resulting color is green.
When cyan (a greenish blue color) is absent, the color
is red, and so forth.
something missing; that is,
what you are actually seeing is the light reflected or
emitted from that object; therefore, the light alone is
what you see and not the actual object.
although they are impossible to see directly. When you
see white light reflected from a sheet of white paper, you
are actually seeing an equal mixture of red, green, and
blue light being reflected in equal amounts. You must
realize and understand this fact before you print color.
to make white light. These three primary colors are red,
green, and blue. Not only do these three light primaries
produce white light, but they produce any and all other
colors; for example, imagine a blue, a green, and a red
spotlight shining on a white screen so the spotlight
circles partly overlap. There are three places where two
of the light primaries overlap and one place where all
three light primaries overlap. In the areas where two
primaries overlap, a distinctly new color is created
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