Intentional Color Corrections Planned for Display in Ambient Light

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Mark Scott Abeln
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Complementary relationships

flyinglentris wrote:

Here is another example ...

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Here, the strong natural complimentaries are Red and Green on a Red plate with a deep Black background to make the whole subject pop out. Here, Reds are bounded by Greens and Greens, bounded by Reds. Reflected light gives the cheese casts of Green or Red. The image looks fine on an electronic display, but what might happen to it when a print in some odd ambient light setting?

Complementary relationships do not have a straightforward, laboratory-measurable, analytic formulation. You can't simply measure the colors and plug in the color temperature into a calculator and get a result. Rather, they are a poorly-understood physiological phenomenon that is hard to quantify (and when it is quantified, it is nonlinear, which means that it is a difficult problem). So there isn't a good method to use beforehand to do what you want; instead, you'll have to do a number of tests and use your own eyes.

That isn't the only complementary relationship. For example, using a narrow depth of field on your subject, with a blurry background, will both make your subject look sharper and your background look blurrier. Placing your hand into room temperature water after hot water will make that water feel cold, but doing the same after cold water will make it feel warm.

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