Rus Eng




This book is about color in digital photography. It is written by a color photographer who, in his daily work, has to use the knowledge of color in art and the possibilities of modern image processing techniques. I did not, however, intend to write a manual on digital color correction – there are a lot of good ones out there already. Instead, my focus is on all things color; from color perception, interrelation between color and composition, evaluation of color intensity to planning and organization of photo shoots, RAW conversion and color correction in Adobe Photoshop.


Many contemporary photographers lament the “lifelessness” of digital images. We look at the picture, admire its vibrant colors and sharp lines, and still can’t help but feel nostalgic for the photographs of the old, pre-digital age. This increasing lack of satisfaction with digital color has an explanation, which needs to be understood – and dealt with – to achieve an optimum in color intensity. This book is my account of what I have come to in my experiments with color.


Language: Ensligh

ISBN 978-5-903788-39-2


© Pavel Kosenko, 2015, Moscow, Russia

© Chapter 23 by Alexander Serakov, 2015, Moscow, Russia

© Translation by Ksenia Prasolova, 2015, Kaliningrad, Russia

© Treemedia Content, 2015, Helsinki, Finland

© Frameway LP, 2015, Scotland, UK


Table of contents


About the author


Chapter 1. A Play on Words

Chapter 2. Looking for Color

Chapter 3. Saturated Color

Chapter 4. Subdued Color

Chapter 5. Devil in the Detail

Chapter 6. Painting the Dark

Chapter 7. Background for Color

Chapter 8. Painting the Light

Chapter 9. Clipping Shadows

Chapter 10. Let’s Get Muddy

Chapter 11. Benchmarking with Neutrals

Chapter 12. The Kodak Reds

Chapter 13. Film vs. Digital?

Chapter 14. Learning from the Masters

Chapter 15. “Honesty” in Photography

Chapter 16. What Color Is Your Skin

Chapter 17. Issues in Digital Color

Chapter 18. A Shortcut

Chapter 19. Raw Photo Processor

Chapter 20. True-film Profiles in RPP

Chapter 21. The Resistance of Masterpieces

Chapter 22. Processing Files in RPP

Chapter 23. Processing Files in ACR (Lightroom)

Appendix A. Understanding Curves

Appendix B. RPP for Beginners

Photos used in Figures