The Art and Science of Depiction -- Frédo Durand

Tone & color system

Monday, May 7. 2001


Tone and color assignment in pictures. Possible origin of colors, extrinsic/intrinsic, symbols, harmony. Light and shadows: shading and BRDF, shadows, atmospheric perspective, global illumination. Photography and control of the tone system (lighting, filtering, print).

Slides of the lecture

PDF (1 per page)

PDF (2 per page)

PDF (6 per page)

PDF (6 per page, black and white with white background, better for printing)

Assignments for Wednesday May 16

Final Project
Wednesday will be devoted to an informal presentation of the projects. If you can to prepare a couple of slides or show your realization, that will be great.

Addition mini-lecture
If there is a topic that you want to see discussed further or something that we have not seen in class, please send me an e-mail and I'll see what I can do.

Further Reading

Art and Representation, New Principles in the Analysis of Pictures, John Willats, Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN:0691087377, 1997
Rudolf Arnheim, Art and Visual Perception : A Psychology of the Creative Eye, Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520026136

Shadows : The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art, E. H. Gombrich, Gombrich,Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300063571 , 1995
Shadows and Enlightenment, Michael Baxandall, Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300059795, 1995
The Science of Art, Martin Kemp, Yale University Press, 1990
Color and Culture : Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction, John Gage, Univ California Press
Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism, John Gage, Univ California Press, ISBN: 0520226119, 2000

Solid Shape, Jan J. Koenderink, MIT Press; ISBN: 026211139X, 1990
Computer Graphics : Principles and Practice, Second Edition in C, James D. Foley, Andries van Dam, Steven K. Feiner, John F. Hughes, Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201848406
Advanced Animation and Rendering Techniques : Theory and Practice, Alan H. Watt, Mark Watt, Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201544121, 1992
Radiosity and Global Illumination, Francois X. Sillion, Claude Puech, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers; ISBN: 1558602771, 1994

Ansel Adams The Camera, Little Brown & Co, 1995 (reprint)
Ansel Adams The Negative, Little Brown & Co, 1995 (reprint)
Ansel Adams The Print, Little Brown & Co, 1995 (reprint)
Gerald Millerson, Lighting for Television and Film, Focal Press; ISBN: 024051582X
Kevyn Aucoin, Making Faces, Little Brown & Co, ISBN: 0316286850
Using Filters (The Kodak Workshop Series), Sterling Publications; ISBN: 087985751X
George Schaub, The Digital Darkroom : Black-And-White Techniques Using Photoshop, Silver Pixel Press; ISBN: 1883403510

Related links

Some Color Science related pointers
Coloring info

Computer Graphics links
Computer Graphics
Educational ressources

Mastes of Photography
The Zone System
The (Quick and Dirty) Zone System For Color
Basic Photography Guide
Take Better Photos
Digital Darkroom Imaging and Printing Tech Tips