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New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography

A book by Matthew Bamberg

New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography reveals past, present and future trends in photography. From hardware to software, aesthetics to documentation, this book discusses current advances in photography and predictions for the future, … see full wiki

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Author: Matthew Bamberg
Publisher: Course Technology PTR
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A great look at where photo technology is headed...

  • Jun 26, 2011
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Most of the books I read on photography tend towards the "how-to" end of the spectrum. But Matthew Bamberg's latest book, New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography, steps away from how-to information and instead looks at where photography technology and thinking has been and where it's headed. It's an excellent volume that gave me a greater appreciation of what's going on, as well as the power we have available both at the camera level and with the processing software.

Part 1 - Camera and Lenses: The Photographic Process; The Final Days of the Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera; Cameras and the Internet Find the Cell Phone; The dSLR Camera of the Future; Rangefinder and Medium Format Cameras; The Lens Today and Tomorrow; The Sensors
Part 2 - Photo Management: The Photo-Management Software Wars; GPS-Enabled Cameras; Creating Longer Lives for Photographs
Part 3 - Post-Processing Possibilities: Photoshop - Past, Present, and Future; HDR Simplified; Two Printing Worlds
Part 4 - Is Film Dead?: The Lomography Movement; Film, Film Cameras, and Film Photography; Creating Digital Film Grain - Making Digital Look Like Film
Part 5 - Photography Styles: The Rebirth of Pictorialism; Straight Photography from the f/64 Group to Today; Risque Portraiture, Outlandish Fashion - How Far Will Portrait and Fashion Photographers Go?; Text and Image - Yesterday and Tomorrow; Street Photography Secrets; Social Documentation - 1930s versus Today; From Abstract Expressionism to Conceptual Art
Part 6 - The Photography World at Work: The World as a Photography Studio; The Future of Gallery Photographic Art; The New Business of Microstock Photography; The Photography Media Explosion
Index

Bamberg displays an extensive knowledge of photographic history and technology as he covers the march of progress for both the hardware and software aspects of the craft. From daguerreotype pictures to mega-pixel images, from the original point-and-shoot cameras that weighed a lot and had very little resolution to cell phone cameras that rival full-featured digital SLRs, he provides a complete look at trends and potential outcomes that will affect what you end up using in the next few years. He also does a nice job in dissecting the digital darkroom, the software that changes a normal photo into a stunning image. What used to only be possible with expensive software is now available for free on photo sharing sites. At the same time, the high-end imaging processing software continues to add new and more powerful techniques that were never before available.

What I also found interesting was his take on how one trend in digital photography is to add back in the "film" look to pictures. Image software on cell phone cameras often add grain and fading into pictures to give it an analog look. Professional photographers are also leading trends that manipulate colors and exposures to look more retro. Funny how all things old become new again...

If you're looking for a book on techniques or new skills, this isn't the book you want. But if you want to take a step back and look at photography as a whole, considering what has been and what might be, this is the book for you.

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