Photography and Visual Culture Textbooks

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  1. Michael Freeman's Photo School Fundamentals

    Exposure, Light & Lighting, Composition

    By Michael Freeman

    Photography is international best-seller Michael Freeman’s life, and in this book he works together with fellow photography experts to share his and their knowledge with anyone who wants to learn not only how to take better photos, but also why those photographs work and where they fit in with the...

    Published May 13th 2013 by Focal Press

  2. Light and Lens

    Photography in the Digital Age, 2nd Edition

    By Robert Hirsch

    Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age is a groundbreaking introductory book that clearly and concisely provides the instruction and building blocks necessary to create thought-provoking digitally based photographs. It is an adventurous idea book that features numerous classroom-tested...

    Published April 29th 2012 by Focal Press

  3. Perception and Imaging

    Photography--A Way of Seeing, 4th Edition

    By Richard D. Zakia

    When you look at an image, what do you see and feel? What do you want your audience to see and feel when they view your work? In today's digital age, it has become all too easy to randomly click away, without really focusing on what exactly it is that you are trying to capture in your shot. For...

    Published March 7th 2013 by Focal Press

  4. Image Studies

    Theory and Practice

    By Sunil Manghani

    Image Studies offers an engaging introduction to visual and image studies. In order to better understand images and visual culture the book seeks to bridge between theory and practice; asking the reader to think critically about images and image practices, but also simultaneously to make images and...

    Published November 8th 2012 by Routledge

  5. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Martin Lister

    Series: Comedia

    This new edition of The Photographic Image in Digital Culture explores the condition of photography after some 20 years of remediation and transformation by digital technology. Through ten especially commissioned essays, by some of the leading scholars in the field of contemporary photography...

    Published September 9th 2013 by Routledge