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Exploring Color Photography Fifth Edition: From Film to Pixels [Kindle Edition]

Robert Hirsch

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Book Description

The classic book on color photography is back in print and completely revamped for a digital photography audience!

Learn from step-by-step instruction, illustrative charts, and unbelievably inspirational imagery in this guide meant just for color photographers. World renowned artists give you insight as to "how they did that" and the author provides challenging assignments to help you take photography to a new level.

With aesthetic and technical instruction like no other, this book truly is the bible for color photographers.

Be sure to visit the companion website, featuring portfolios and commentary by contemporary artists:

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"This book provides a stimulating introduction to the approaches, techniques, images, and history of color photography. The resources presented are based on experience. In this account chapter ordering has been revised to encompass the latest photographic trends, with digital imaging giving priority over analog methods. Exploring Color Photography features technical instruction, conceptual and pioneering aesthetics; a multidimensional approach to image-making that combines digital and analog system; innovative and diverse images by 250 international artists, professionals, teachers, and students; a full-color pullout timeline of vital color photography and historical events, and more."

"Exploring Color Photography is an attractively packaged book by a highly credentialed author filled with voluminous information about the history, theory, processes, and application of photography in general and color photography in particular. Now in its fifth edition, a discussion of digital photography has been added to extensive coverage of more traditional film and wet darkroom methods and practices. Such an effort is a huge undertaking in both scope and style, and the results are a bit of a mixed bag.There is a great deal of valuable information on color photography from every conceivable angle in this book. Consider it a middle of the road reference for the serious image-maker. Someone just starting out might be better served by a few shorter volumes concentrating on narrower ranges of topics discussed in greater depth and detail."

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, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Ideas, Materials, and Processes, and Exploring Color Photography. 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 44244 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! 21 Feb. 2011
By SassyLime - Published on
This color photography text is a always a super resource, but the latest edition is especially appealing: Very easy to read, with a clear layout, a substantial up-to-date section on on digital imaging, and a comprehensive index (a huge plus). But what really sets it apart: The wide variety of stunning color images, with captions and comments provided by the photographers.
5.0 out of 5 stars The de-facto guide to color in photography 17 July 2014
By Ian Murray - Published on
When learning photography back in the day of black and white, it was necessary to learn to see in monochrome, to recognize patterns of light and shade, construct strong compositions using lines and shapes produced by differences in contrast. Developing film was fairly straightforward and fast, printing was painstaking but it too relied on a basic understanding of a handful of simple rules and techniques. Then along came color photography with its strange complexities and the amateur was often reluctant to delve into this strange and esoteric new world. Many years have passed since those days but color photography is no less complex than it ever was, indeed the advent of digital has further complicated matters with its oft misunderstood color management issues.
But all is not lost - here is a book that tackles the subject head-on. It presents a clear and concise treatment of a broad swathe of color photography. Containing chapters and sections on everything from the science of light to photographing the human body. There is a wonderful chapter on the history of color photography that sets everything in context, but it's the chapter on the "interaction of color, movement space and time, which is a must read for any serious photographer. This fifth edition cements this books position as the de-facto reference for anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of color and it's many roles in photography.
(In the interests of full disclosure, my review copy was supplied by the publisher)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference! 16 Feb. 2014
By Rudy - Published on
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Exploring Color Photography is an excellent textbook or reference work for photographers interested in pursuing color photography and color printing of photographs.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent text 16 April 2011
By Stuart Rome - Published on
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This is a great text for learning about color photography. It is informative, entertaining and I am glad to have it back in my classroom.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just an "Exploration"! 23 Feb. 2011
By Jed Fielding - Published on
Finally, a beautifully produced, written, and printed book about contemporary photographers working in color -- a rarity! A book that any serious artist should have on their shelf, to be returned to again and again. I applaud this wonderful new book.
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