Books Here are some books on the subject of light and images that we found interesting. Let us know if you have others.
Cole, KC. for The Exploratorium. Looking at the Light. Washington, D.C.: Association of Science-Technology Centers, 1981.
In a light-hearted style, this publication describes the seventeen exhibits in the Exploratorium's Looking at the Light show. The descripdons and supplementary text discuss light and shadows, pinhole images, refraction, and reflecdon.
Falk, David; Dieter Brill; and David Stork. Seeing the light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color Vision, and Holography. New York, NY: Harperand Row Publishers, 1986
An indespensible book covering many area with very good illustrations. One of our favorites!
Minnaert, M. The Nature of Light and Color in the Open Air. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 1954
Pirenne, M.H. Optics, Painting, and Photography. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1970.
Pirenne provides an exhaustive discussion of images and optics, recommended for the dedicated reader.
Shull, Jim. The Hole Thing. New York: Morgan & Morgan, Inc., 1974.
You can capture the image that is revealed by a small hole on film by using a pinhole camera. Shull describes in detail how to construct and use a pinhole camera.
Time-Life Books. The Camera; Life Library of Photography. New York: Time-Life Books, 1976.
This book about cameras and photography includes a section which contrasts the pinhole with the lens as a way of controlling light and explains the camera obscura in its historical context. Profusely illustrated with photos and sketches.
Time-Life Books. Light and Film; Life Library of Photography. New York: TimeLife Books, 1976.
This richly illustrated treatise on the role of light and film in photography in cludes a section discussing the nature of light, with graphic representations of the electromagnetic spectrum, the effects of the Earth's atmosphere on sunlight, scattering of sunlight, reflection and refraction.
Williamson, SJ. and Cummins, H. Light and Color in Nature and Art. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1983.
An encyclopedic treatment of the role and behavior of light.
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