With the continuous decline of film and the increase use of digital imaging, Light and Lens aims to build a foundation for digital photography by covering the fundamental concepts of digital image making, combined with how to use today's digital technology to create compelling images and how to output and preserve images in the digital world.
Light and Lens pursues the conceptual stance that camera vision is the primary skill of a photo-based image maker by stressing composition , design, and light as strategic elements of photographic seeing. Its goal is to present four essentials; aperture, focal length, focus, and shutter speed, to make up every image. Light and Lens is just under 400 pages in length and breaks out into 12 chapters.
Chapter 1, "Why we Make Pictures: A Concise History of Visual Ideas," begins with a history of why we make pictures, how we have been doing it since we lived in caves, and how we will continue to evolve our methods in the future. Chapter 2, "Design: Visual Foundations," addresses our need to communicate with images. By using design, composition, and vision we can begin to see and by seeing we can find what others overlook. "A good photograph creates a memory in a viewer…"
Chapter 3, "Image Capture: Cameras, lenses, and Scanners," discusses the methods of capturing images. It also talks about types of cameras, lenses, and scanners. By having the proper equipment, you can create better images. Chapter 4, "Exposure and Filters," explains the basics of what exposure is and how to filter the light that is captured. While you can correct your images using software, you are better off if you get them correct in the camera first.
Chapter 5, "Seeing With Light," examines the types of light that is available. These include natural, artificial, as well as how the light changes throughout the day. By understanding lights diversity, you can explore a subject's diversity. Chapter 6, "Observation: Eyes Wide Open," discusses how we see, and why we respond to different stimuli and subsequently to different images. To learn how to see with images, we must be able to interpret with a different skill set.