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Physics of Digital Photography

Andy Rowlands


Physics is fundamental to all aspects of digital photography. This book works through the photographic imaging chain starting from the physics of image capture through to the conversion of the raw data into a viewable image. The author's aim is to show how knowledge of the underlying physics can be used by a photographer or imaging scientist to maximise the technical quality of the final image. With the increasing use of digital photography in a research environment, scientists and engineers need to better understand the science behind digital photography to fully exploit this tool in their research. As well as an academic readership, this book will be of interest to professional and serious amateur photographers wanting a better understanding of the technical aspects of digital photography.

About Editors

Andy Rowlands obtained a first-class degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Warwick in 2000, followed by a PhD in physics. In 2009, he took a sabbatical from physics and moved to China to pursue his interest in photography. During this time he became interested in the application of physics to photography. An extensive knowledge of the theoretical concepts involved and practical experience as a freelance photographer puts the author in a unique position to develop this text.

Table of Contents

1 Fundamental photographic principles

2 Image capture technology

3 Mathematical modelling of raw data capture

4 Raw conversion

5 Image quality


Hardback ISBN: 9780750312431

Ebook ISBN: 9780750312424

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1242-4

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


"I highly recommend this book to its intended audience... As a professional photographer with a doctorate in physics, I often found the book brilliantly enlightening."

Stephen Benka 2018 Physics Today, American Institute of Physics

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