Many readers will be quickly turned off opening the first page of Photography in the Digital Age by the glaring error of the title “Forward.” Apart from that this is a superb book, the first volume of a series of three on photography. Hugh Lawton did an admirable job collecting information, a large number of excellent, high-resolution images, and a well-organized historical account spanning from the very early birth of photography all the way through to the present. The six-page introduction that summarizes what we can expect in the subsequent nine chapters may be unnecessary. This book is also available as an eBook, but readers of the print edition don’t sacrifice much as there are not many web link references in the text. Lawton is extremely well-organized in his very good, very readable writing, and in putting together this volume. The chapters are broken up into short subheadings designed to avoid confusing novices with long, sometimes difficult scientific and technical concepts. He profusely illustrates this book with images, charts, and tables. We have everything we need for learning and for future reference, such as explanation of the many raw file format extensions (JPEG, TIFF, GIF, etc.). The two appendices are also great for reference.
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