Light and Lens: Thinking about Photography in the Digital Age (Hardcover)

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Light and Lens: Thinking about Photography in the Digital Age (Hardcover)


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The latest edition of this pioneering book allows students to acquire an essential foundation for digital photography. Fully updated, it clearly and concisely covers the fundamental concepts of imagemaking, how to use digital technology to create compelling images, and how to output and preserve images in the digital world. Exploring history, methods, and theory, this text offers classroom-tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators, approaches for analyzing, discussing, and writing about photographs, and tools to critically explore and make images with increased visual literacy.

New to this fourth edition:

  • Completely updated and renewed to reflect social trends and technological advances
  • Highly reconstructed Chapter 3: Image Capture: Cameras, Lenses, and Scanners
  • Revamped Chapter 4: Exposure: Capturing the Light
  • Entirely new Chapter 8: Digital Studio: The Virtual and the Material Worlds
  • Expanded smartphone photography coverage
  • Featuring nearly 300 international artists and over 360 innovative images and illustrations
  • New engaging assignments

Ideal for undergraduate students of digital photography and hobbyist photographers.

Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, and curator and the director of Light Research. His books include Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography, Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Concepts, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels, and Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography from 1960. Hirsch is a former Associate Editor for Digital Camera (UK) and Photovision Magazine, and a contributor to Afterimage, exposure, Buffalo Spree, History of Photography, Ilford Photo Instructor Newsletter, The Photo Review, and World Book Encyclopedia as well as former Director of CEPA Gallery and founder of Southern Light Gallery. More at www.lightresearch.netEdward Bateman is an artist and professor at the University of Utah, where he heads the Photography and Digital Imaging area. Nazraeli Press released Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny, a limited-edition book of his work which is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and George Eastman Museum among others. Bateman's often boundary-stretching work has been widely written about, and has been included in a half dozen textbooks, including Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography. Bateman has been twice short-listed (2014 and 2016) for the Lumen Prize, described by the Guardian Culture Blog (UK) as "The world's preeminent digital art prize." Bateman's work has been exhibited in over 28 countries and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The China Printmaking Museum, and Getty Research Institute, among others. His work has twice been awarded (2018 and 2021) at the Earth Photo exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Details at
Product Details ISBN: 9781032005317
ISBN-10: 1032005319
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2022
Pages: 456
Language: English