NEW BOOK SPOTLIGHT | Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, 3rd Edition

Light and Lens
Photography in the Digital Age, 3rd Edition
By Robert Hirsch

Publisher: Routledge
424 pages | 350 Color Illus.
Paperback; ISBN: 9781138944398

The new 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 edition:
* New larger page format
* Revised and renewed to reflect technological advances
* Expanded coverage of smartphone/mobile photography
* Extended coverage of the careers section
* More than 100 new images

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Table of Contents
Artist Contributors
Chapter 1—Why We Make Pictures
Chapter 2—Design: Visual Foundations
Chapter 3 –Image Capture: Cameras, Lenses, and Scanners
Chapter 4 – Exposure and Filters
Chapter 5 – Interpreting Light
Chapter 6 – Observation: Eyes Wide Open
Chapter 7 – Time, Space, Imagination, and the Camera
Chapter 8 – Digital Studio: The Virtual and the Material Worlds
Chapter 9 –Presentation and Preservation
Chapter 10 – Seeing with a Camera
Chapter 11 – Solutions: Thinking and Writing about Images
Chapter 12 – Imagemaker on Assignment
Addendum 1 – Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Digital Imaging Equipment
Addendum 2 – Careers

About the Author

Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, and the director of Light Research ( His books include Seizing the Light: A History of Photography, Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Ideas, Materials, and Processes, Exploring Color Photography, and Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography from 1960 to Now. Hirsch is a former Associate Editor for Digital Camera (UK) and Photovision Magazine, and a contributor to Afterimage, exposure, Buffalo Spree, Fotophile, FYI, History of Photography, Ilford Photo Instructor Newsletter, and The Photo Review, as well as former Director of CEPA Gallery.

Greg Erf is an accomplished imagemaker who has exhibited and published his photography throughout the United States. As a writer and Professor of Art at Eastern New Mexico University, his focus is the convergence of analog and digital image-making. Erf teaches two- and three-dimensional computer graphics and animation, plus photography. His two- and three-dimensional computer-generated work has been internationally exhibited in 360° full dome planetarium venues. His pieces are in various collections in the state of New Mexico, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. He is on the Board of the Capitol Art Foundation that manages New Mexico’s extensive historic and contemporary art collection. For further details see

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