6th Edition

Exploring Color Photography
From Film to Pixels

ISBN 9780415730952
Published February 12, 2015 by Routledge
388 Pages 355 Color Illustrations

USD $78.95

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Book Description

Robert Hirsch’s Exploring Color Photography is the thinking photographer’s guide to color imagemaking. Now in its sixth edition, this pioneering text clearly and concisely instructs students and intermediate photographers in the fundamental aesthetic and technical building blocks needed to create thought-provoking digital and analog color photographs. Taking both a conceptual and pragmatic approach, the book avoids getting bogged down in complex, ever-changing technological matters, allowing it to stay fresh and engaging.

Known as the Bible of Color Photography, its stimulating assignments encourage students to be adventurous and to take responsibility for learning and working independently. The emphasis on design and postmodern theoretical concepts stresses the thought process behind the creation of intriguing images. It’s extensive and inspiring collection of images and accompanying captions allow makers to provide insight into how photographic methodology was utilized to visualize and communicate their objectives.

  • The text continues to deliver inspiring leadership in the field of color photography with the latest accurate information, ideas, commentary, history, a diverse collection of contemporary images, and expanded cellphone photography coverage.
  • A "Problem Solving and Writing" chapter offers methods and exercises that help one learn to be a visual problem solver and to discuss and write succinctly about the concepts at the foundation of one’s work.
  • Exploringcolorphotography.com, the companion website, has been revamped and updated to feature more student and teacher resources, including a new web-based timeline: As It Happened: A Chronological History of Color Photography.

Table of Contents

1 Color Photography Concepts.  2 A Concise History of Color Photography.  3 Exposing the Light.  4 Filtering the Light.  5 Seeing the Light.  6 Visual Language of Color Design. 7 Working Color Strategies.  8 The Interaction of Color, Movement, Space, and Time.  9 Digital Input.  10 Analog Input: Color Films.  11 Digital Output.  12 Analog Output: Color Printing.  13 Color Projects.  14 Photographic Problem Solving and Writing.  15 Presentation and Preservation. 

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Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, curator, and the director of Light Research (lightresearch.net). His books include: Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, and Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960. Hirsch is a former Associate Editor for Digital Camera (UK) and Photovision, and a contributor to Afterimage, exposure, Contact Sheet, The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, History of Photography, The Photographic Collector, The Photo Review, and World Book Encyclopedia as well as former Director of CEPA Gallery. Hirsch’s work has been exhibited in over 200 solo and group shows.


'Thoroughly 'user friendly', Exploring Color Photography is an ideal instructional textbook for college and university level photography curriculums and should be considered a critically important acquisition for professional and academic library Photography instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.' - Michael J. Carson, The Midwest Book Review

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