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Physics of Digital Photography (Second Edition)

Andy Rowlands


Physics is fundamental to all aspects of digital photography. This book works through the physics underlying the photographic imaging chain, from image capture through to the production of a viewable output digital image. It provides an invaluable insight into the connections between imaging science and photographic practice and is intended for use by both graduate students and established researchers. In this updated and expanded new edition, the material has been reorganised and extensively rewritten and the figures have been enhanced.

Key Features
  • The only book to provide all scientific aspects of digital photography in a single volume
  • Re-arrangement of the existing material to significantly improve readability and understanding
  • Several important topics to be included for the first time, including covering lens and camera technology and advanced photographic techniques
  • Improved figures
  • Accessible to graduate students and established researchers as well as professional and serious amateur photographers

About Editors

D A Rowlands obtained a first-class degree in mathematics and physics and a PhD in physics from The University of Warwick, UK, and has held research positions at the University of Bristol, UK, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, Tongji University, China, and the University of Cambridge, UK. An extensive knowledge of the theory of digital photography along with practical experience as a freelance photographer puts the author in a unique position to develop this text. 

Table of Contents


About the Author


1 Photographic Optics

2 Digital Output and Exposure Strategy

3 Raw Data Model

4 Raw Conversion

5 Camera Image Quality


Hardback ISBN: 9780750325592

Ebook ISBN: 9780750325585

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2558-5

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Emerging Technologies in Optics and Photonics


The book is a great theoretical discussion of digital photography aimed at graduates and researchers interested in imaging and photography. I believe that not only physicists interested in the area can benefit from the discussions in the book, but also photographers with a keen eye for the technical aspects of their art will benefit greatly from this excellent book.

Jesus Rogel-Salazar - Contemporary Physics, 11 August 2021

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