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New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
While avoiding a lot of technical jargon and overly complex processes, the book does provide a good bit of detail into the mechanics of photography, all with an eye to where the still image is headed in the future. I found the photo samples to be both high quality and relative to the points being illustrated. The interviews with established photographers and gallery owners were also interesting, with the common thread of what comes next for the photographic industry.
I very much enjoyed the "Is Film Dead?" section and the following chapters on recreating film "look and feel" using digital filters since this is an area we use in advertising photos for my wife small business.
This book is a good choice for both amateur and professional photographers looking to get a better understanding of where we came from and where we are heading, from a photographic viewpoint.
The broadness of the subject matter, however, also makes it hard to pin down the audience this book is intended for. This book offers a little something for the technophile, the artist, the history buff, and of course, the photographer. The following outline, which is by no means comprehensive, should hopefully give you an idea of the scope of the book:
Part I: Camera and Lenses (DSLR, cell phone cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, range-finder and medium format cameras, camera sensors, etc.)
Part II: Photo Management (software such as Lightroom for photo management, storage of photographs, GPS-tagging, etc.)
Part III: Post Processing (practical tips on how photos can be post-processed)
Part IV: Film (the future of film and why film defies obsolescence)
Part V: Photography Styles (pictorialism, abstract expressionism, conceptual art, straight photography, photomontage, street photography, etc.)
Part VI: The Photography World (the future of photography for professional photographers).
As a technophile myself, I found the book to be a good resource for keeping me abreast of current, new, and emerging technologies in photography. I also found some very practical advice and tips on file formats (.Read more ›
Part 1 - Camera and Lenses: The Photographic Process; The Final Days of the Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera; Cameras and the Internet Find the Cell Phone; The dSLR Camera of the Future; Rangefinder and Medium Format Cameras; The Lens Today and Tomorrow; The Sensors
Part 2 - Photo Management: The Photo-Management Software Wars; GPS-Enabled Cameras; Creating Longer Lives for Photographs
Part 3 - Post-Processing Possibilities: Photoshop - Past, Present, and Future; HDR Simplified; Two Printing Worlds
Part 4 - Is Film Dead?: The Lomography Movement; Film, Film Cameras, and Film Photography; Creating Digital Film Grain - Making Digital Look Like Film
Part 5 - Photography Styles: The Rebirth of Pictorialism; Straight Photography from the f/64 Group to Today; Risque Portraiture, Outlandish Fashion - How Far Will Portrait and Fashion Photographers Go?Read more ›
Laid out like a college text (and entirely suitable for the purpose) NEW IMAGE FRONTIERS is an excellent primer for those just getting into photography, or those who would like a broader context for what they're already doing. At times technical, this book errs on the side of providing more detail rather than less. Not all chapters will appeal to the average person (for example most don't care about previous generations of Photoshop--they simply want to be able to use the version they own), but that is not a knock against it--the book is very thorough!
However, those looking for a broad and engaging foray into the current trajectory of photography will find much to explore. The chapters addressing the slow demise of film, and the future of what we call a camera (imagine when your smart phone will be as powerful as your full size computer and have the image capturing ability of a Nikon D700) are particularly interesting. For those interested in photography professionally or for the amateur who wishes to broaden their knowledge base, NEW IMAGE FRONTIERS is an excellent purchase.
I received my copy of NEW IMAGE FRONTIERS for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions expressed in this review were in no way impacted by the fact I got the book for free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book. gives a fair perspective of what to expect in the near future
with important photo issues. I like the section on medium format
I've done photography since I was in high school; I grew up in a family of avid photographers, with a dad whose work was exceptional and who taught us the difference between a... Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Joanna Daneman
Matthew has written many books and this one is fantastic. The book covers quite a bit of the history and the evolution of the camera and photography. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Helen Henry, Photographer
The current state of photographic technology presents something of a paradox. On the one hand, it seems easier than ever to take photographs. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by Nate
The author displayed an in-depth knowledge of the photography world. From the cameras to photo managment software, film vs digital, art vs docmentation and even the commercial... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Mark Grumet
I work with photography, my time consuming hobby, every day. I was very surprised by how much information there is in the book about things I thought I knew about, but discovered... Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by Pensionato