Aug 11th, 2007 by Naty
I was just browsing the A K Peters website recently (they have a great catalog of graphics books, like Real-Time Rendering, Advanced Global Illumination, and many others; they also publish the Journal of Graphics Tools) and I noticed an interesting book that they have forthcoming this October: “Color Imaging: Fundamentals and Applications” by Erik Reinhard and others. Erik Reinhard is the inventor of one of the most commonly-used tone mapping operators, and the primary author of the book High Dynamic Range Imaging.
Given my tendency to want to get down to the very fundamentals of rendering, I’ve been interested in color theory for a while (I am currently slowly slogging my way through Color Science by Wyszecki & Styles) and the description of this book is intriguing: “This book provides the reader with an understanding of what color is, where color comes from, and how color can be used correctly in many different applications. The authors first treat the physics of light and its interaction with matter at the atomic level, so that the origins of color can be appreciated. The intimate relationship between energy levels, orbital states, and electromagnetic waves helps to explain why diamonds shimmer, rubies are red, and the feathers of the Blue Jay are blue. Then, color theory is explained from its origin to the current state of the art, including image capture and display as well as the practical use of color in disciplines such as computer graphics, computer vision, photography, and film.”
I think I’ll pick this one up when it comes out…