chapter  5
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; Color Reproduction

Take a camera, point it at a scene full of lights and objects,then snap a picture. The resulting photograph is a color re-production of the original scene. In this particular example, light is reflected from the objects in a room and focused on the film, which chemically reacts in response to the light. Developing the film produces a picture that, hopefully, looks very much like the original scene. The quality of the reproduction depends on the camera, the film, the processing, and the skill of the photographer, whose knowledge of the characteristics and limitations of film as a medium are critical to achieving a good result. This is the first chapter on the field of color reproduction. It provides an overview and defines several key principles. Subsequent chapters will provide further detail about specific aspects of color reproduction such as image capture, additive and subtractive color systems, and digital color management systems.