Once again, Bryan Peterson does a phenomenal job of creating an easy to understand book that is all about Understanding Color in Photography: Using Color, Composition, and Exposure to Create Vivid Photos; this time he also enlists the expertise of Susana Heide Schellenberg. Being a somewhat novice, for fun photographer, I found this book as simple to understand as the other one of his previous books that I have read, Understanding Exposure. This is a book you can read and then go out and start practicing the techniques right away. Not only is this book good for beginning photographers like myself, but I feel that it also provides tips and tricks for the more advanced photographers.
With over 30 years of experience in photography, Bryan knows his stuff. He gives a general overview of some of the more complex color concepts and “why” and then delves a little into some of the interesting scientific facts on why we see color the way we do and how a camera sees color without boring the reading. Each page has captivating photos that go along with the general theme that he is discussing in that segment (from colors, to color schemes, to some of the better ways to post-process, although he doesn’t recommend doing a lot) and with each photo he includes what specifics he used on his camera to capture the photos.
At first when I received the book, I thought for a book on color, the cover of red, blue, and green with a small yellow trace was rather boring; however, when he got to the part in the book on additive and subtractive colors, the reason that picture was chosen made all the more sense (not sure if it was intentional, but for blog sake, I am going to assume it was). Even though he had Susana co-author this book with him, they are of the same mindset and voice when writing that the overall structure flows nicely and it’s easy to forget there are two authors at points. I highly recommend this book, or Bryan’s other aforementioned book, to whoever wants to gleam some more knowledge on the art of photography.
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WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.