Students debate the color of #thedress

Ever since the end of February, “The Dress” has taken over the internet. People disagree on what color they see the dress as being. Some see black and blue, while others see white and gold. Photography teacher Caroline Hunt Epp’s A block photo class decided to take a closer look into why people are seeing different colors, as she used the opportunity to use the controversy to discuss the principle behind white balance and differences in color perception.

 

It was revealed online that the dress is indeed black and blue. The color of the dress depends on how your eyes compensate for color depending on the light. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
It was revealed online that the dress is indeed black and blue. The color of the dress depends on how your eyes compensate for color depending on the light. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class was divided about what color the dress truly was. While some saw black and  blue, others saw white and gold. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class was divided about what color the dress truly was. While some saw black and blue, others saw white and gold. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Dress was projected across the board, so the students could see photo teacher Caroline Hunt Epp edit the photo in photoshop. Epp used the eyedropper tool to sample the actual colors in the photo. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Dress was projected across the board, so the students could see photo teacher Caroline Hunt Epp edit the photo in photoshop. Epp used the eyedropper tool to sample the actual colors in the photo. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students put their initials where they believed the color changed from white to blue. They quickly learned that different people’s eyes see different shades of colors. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students put their initials where they believed the color changed from white to blue in a gradient that Hunt Epp put up on the board. They quickly learned that different people’s eyes see different shades of colors. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

 

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