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3rd Edition

Light and Lens
Photography in the Digital Age

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ISBN 9781138944398
Published May 15, 2018 by Routledge
454 Pages 350 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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

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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