Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age 2nd Edition

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"'Light and Lens' is an ambitious work in that it presents an immense amount of complex technical information very clearly and succinctly without leaving anything out, weaves historical information throughout, challenges students (everyone!) to 'think critically' about the photograph and their own work at every turn, coaches, encourages, and it is also beautifully designed -- giving each artwork featured a real presence that inspires students." -- Laurie Turner, Santa Fe Community College

"Robert Hirsch clearly pitches Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age as an introductory college-level photography textbook that is foremost an idea book rather than a software or camera manual. In line with this
philosophy, Hirsch ensures that critical seeing and aesthetic values are amply addressed alongside the technical. Thus, chapters on the history of photography, visual foundations, and symbolism lead off the book, and he closes with thoughtful chapters concerning seeing with a camera and thinking and writing about images. This emphasis is a refreshing and stimulating approach for a photographic textbook." -Excerpt from Afterimage, Vol. 36, Issue 1

"Hirsch's Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age is a valuable resource for information about skills, basic to advanced, for a new photographer or an experienced teacher. The text is written with knowledge of history and its importance to contemporary ideas and images. With its ambitious coverage of a broad range of skills and ideas, the text is applicable to students at a variety of levels and useful as a reference throughout a student's academic career." - Excerpt from Exposure

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Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, and the Director of Light Research (lightresearch.net).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081827X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240818276
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Hirsch is an artist and author of Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960, Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age; Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes; and Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels. He is the former Associate Editor for Photovision and Digital Camera magazines and a contributing writer for Afterimage, exposure, Fotophile, The History of Photography, Photo Technique, and The Photo Review among others. His visual projects, such as World in a Jar: War & Trauma, The 1960s Cubed, and Ghosts: French Holocaust Children, have been exhibited around the world. A former Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery, Hirsch now operates Light Research. His projects can be viewed at: www.lightresearch.net.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Dittmer on October 11, 2014
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This is a textbook, make no mistake about it. If you are taking a college course on the history of photography, this is a nice companion. It is NOT , however, anything that will help you take pictures or be of any practical help. If you want to learn how to use light and lenses to achieve practical effects and how to use your digital camera to the best of its abilities, by something else.
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For many years I suspected that that strange intersection of ontology, epistemology and semiotics called "photography theory" might be of some use to practicing photographers. I was surprised when I encountered photography theory in the guise of a "how-to" photography book.

I was quite excited when the book began by explaining that photography was communication. I expected the book to show me how technique could be used to enhance communication. Chapters followed on composition, the mechanics of the camera, exposure, light, how to look, the relationship of the image to time, the digital darkroom, presentation, a bit more on composition, how to think and write about images, types of assignments, particularly portraits and a couple of addenda on safety and careers. The book contained many illustrations by many photographers together with what appeared to be extracts of the photographers' artists' statements.

Unfortunately none of this information told me how to use the material under discussion to further communication. For example, the chapter on the mechanics of the camera explained what physical effects occurred when various controls were employed, but not how to use these effects for communications. The chapter on the digital darkroom described various tools and panels in Photoshop, but not how to use them to enhance an image. The chapter on thinking about photography described problem solving techniques that sounded like the most basic self-help book. On the other hand, occasionally there would be a surprising specificity as in a description of how to use the timeline facility in Photoshop.

The photographic illustrations were small and seldom appeared to have any connection to the textual material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poppygirl 81 on January 31, 2014
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This book covers a variety of areas that you will need to create beautiful images that you'll be proud of...... I love his books because he explains his techniques in a way that most anyone can or will understand.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gail savick on September 30, 2013
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This book was required for my photography class at AAU. Great reading! Couldn't of completed my class without it. Very informative and well written for easy understanding.
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This is being as a texbook for my college digital photography class. It is a really good book on the subject, and very up to date. It covers many topics such as aesthetics, lighting, even some Photoshop areas. I have already taken Photoshop and have that book, but it does touch on it. I skipped that part to be honest as I've had the class on it, but a few students felt they needed more material and got the actual Photoshop manual or Photoshop for Dummies. All in all though, I think this is a good book, full of good information.
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By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2015
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Had to pay for the stupid (hate having to pay for paper reading material that has to be lugged around when THERE ARE E-VERSIONS AVAILABLE) textbook for class but if I can swing it I try to get an e version. This one is really nice, illustrations are accurately recreated and hey, that's what its all about in photography - the visual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Adams on October 8, 2014
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I like this book very much.
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By Kristin Jacobs on October 11, 2014
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Great information for learning about photography and the different affects.
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