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Basic Photographic Materials and Processes

3rd Edition

By Nanette L. Salvaggio, Nanette L. Salvaggio


478 pages

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Paperback: 9780240809847
pub: 2008-10-27
Hardback: 9781138472327
pub: 2017-09-11

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In order to develop your artistic skills to the best of your ability, you first must understand the science and the fundamentals of photography. Whether you are a student of photography or a seasoned professional, this thoroughly updated edition of the classic text Basic Photographic Materials and Processes will provide all of the scientific information that you need. Full color throughout for the first time, this third edition covers new topics including digital resolution, digital sensor technology, scanner technology, color management, and tone reproduction.


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Table of Contents

Light and Photometry; Camera and Printing Exposure; Strictly Digital; Photographic Optics;
Sensitometry; Tone Reproduction; Micro-Image Evaluation; Filters; Color; Color Management; Color Reproduction; Visual Perception;
Chemistry for Photographers,
Photographic Emulsions, Films and Papers; Black and White Photographic Development; Post-Development and Archival Considerations; Variability and Quality Control in Photography

About the Authors

Nanette L. Salvaggio is an Image Scientist by training and has concentrated most of her career on image quality and image chain analysis while working for companies such as Eastman Kodak Company, TASC, MRJ and as a private consultant. Nanette graduated from the Imaging and Photographic Technology program at RIT in 1987 and returned to teach in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences in 2005. She is also currently pursuing a graduate degree in Color Science at RIT. Nanette enjoys life with her husband of 23 years Carl and son Philip in Rochester New York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)