Charles S. Johnson Jr: Science For The Curious Photographer 2nd Edition


Science For The Curious Photographer is exactly that, an intriguing, in-depth look at the scientific princples and history behind the art of photography.
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Teaches the use of sophisticated photographic equipment such as filters and macro-lenses by comprehending their inner workings.

Fully updated to incorporate digital technology, including DSLRs and mirror-less cameras, as well as new lens technology.

Includes a new chapter on the influence and limitations of perception on photographic imagery, discussing art in terms of modern cognitive science.


While there are many books that teach the "how-to" of photography, Science for the Curious Photographer is a book for those who also want to understand how photography works. Beginning with an introduction to the history and science of photography, Charles S. Johnson, Jr. addresses questions about the principles of photography, such as why a camera needs a lens, how lenses work, and why modern lenses are so complicated.

Addressing the complex aspects of digital photography, the book discusses color management, resolution, "noise" in images, and the limits of human perception. The creation and appreciation of art in photography is discussed from the standpoint of modern cognitive science.

A crucial read for those seeking the scientific context to photographic practice, this second edition has been comprehensively updated, including discussion of DSLRs, mirror-less cameras, and a new chapter on the limits of human vision and perception.

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