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New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography 1st Edition

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Introduction: The Tidal Wave of Interest in Photography in the 21st Century. 1. Cameras and Lenses. 2. High Brow Hardware . 3. Photo Management. 4. Postprocessing Possibilities. 5. Is Film Dead? 6. Photography Styles. 7. The Photographer of the Future. 8. Photography's New Found Popularity. 9. The Web-New Photographic Interaction. 10. Photo Sharing.

About the Author

Matthew Bamberg began his career in the arts as a graduate student at San Francisco State University in 1992. He completed his Master's in Creative Arts in 1997. His catalog of photographs consists of thousands of images from his travels in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Morocco, Russia, the Baltic states and countries throughout Europe. In 1999, Bamberg began photographing mid-century architecture and signage. His prints began selling locally and, later, all over Southern California. In 2005, Bamberg's book Digital Art Photography for Dummies was published. In 2008 Bamberg authored many books for Thomson Learning. His book The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco, published in 2008, is still popular today. In 2009, his three books from the series 101 Quick and Easy Photography Secrets were published. In 2010, Bamberg authored New Image Frontiers--Defining the Future of Photography. In 2011, he authored Beginning HDR Photography and Photography Applications for Cloud Computing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435458575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435458574
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,619,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
"New Image Frontiers" is an outstanding look into the history of photographic technology and techniques that also leads us into the digital age. I was lucky enough to be provided a review copy of this excellent book by the author and found myself thoroughly enjoying reading through the book. Unlike a lot of other photography books, this one lends itself to actually sitting down and reading it chapter by chapter, building on the history, compositions, and past and currently available technology (including Smartphones and GPS tagging).

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.

Highly Recommended!

CFH
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This book shows how photography has evolved from the time of its advent to the present day and makes speculations on what we might expect to see in the future. It covers a broad range of topics including camera technology, software, artistic expression, photography styles, and photography as a profession. This multi-faceted approach to the exploration of photography's past, present, and future serves to give the reader an excellent overview to the world of photography.

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 (.
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Most of the books I read on photography tend towards the "how-to" end of the spectrum. But Matthew Bamberg's latest book, New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography, steps away from how-to information and instead looks at where photography technology and thinking has been and where it's headed. It's an excellent volume that gave me a greater appreciation of what's going on, as well as the power we have available both at the camera level and with the processing software.

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?
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NEW IMAGE FRONTIERS is a very thorough survey of the current state of photography and an examination of what the future may hold. It can be difficult for a book or article to not quickly become dated when writing about a medium or technology that is in constant flux like digital photography. Bamberg avoids this pitfall by focusing not only on the present, but the past and future as well. Particularly interesting are the parts of the book that look at the ways that photography has changed since the advent of camera enabled phones, where virtually everyone has become an amateur photographer.

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.

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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.
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