What is a good readable, technically detailed reference on the technology involved in modern digital cameras, raw file conversion, and digital image processing? (Possibly a complete a complete answer requires some collection of books, since these are broad and somewhat disjoint topics.) In order to not duplicate an existing question here (see below), I want to ask specifically about books published in the last 8 years, approximately.

I am not afraid if it requires a somewhat technical background. Most of the materials I have found give only high-level explanations. For instance, I found Marc Levoy's Lectures on Digital Photography to be an exemplary survey, and while it did not shy away from technical details, complete explanations of course cannot be given in the hour allotted for each topic. I have gone through this course and am looking for more details and precision.

I am interested in all aspects of digital photography, but currently I'm focused on understanding how the camera sensor captures data, how this data is stored as a raw file, and how this raw file is processed by conversion software into a ''perceptually accurate'' image. My goal is to understand what my tools are doing and their strengths and weaknesses so that I can create more compelling images.

A previous version of this question was asked on this site over 7 years ago. One of the answers suggested the 10th edition of The Manual of Photography, which looks to be essentially what I'm asking for. However, it doesn't seem to provide much information (relative to its size) on the digital imagining, and more importantly it is almost 8 years old. At the current rate of technological progress, this makes it extremely out of date. Are there any newer books that have appeared since that question that might also be useful?

  • That's probably broad enough to fill a full book shelf... – twalberg Nov 27 '18 at 20:27
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    I think this may be a bit too broad for SE. This is the kind of stuff for which people take multiple classes over years. Quick google search found this: optique-ingenieur.org/en/courses/OPI_ang_M05_C06/co/… which could get you started – Hueco Nov 27 '18 at 20:55
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    This is essentially a shopping question. You're not asking for explanations of any of these topics, but rather just a book (or collection of books) that you can buy/borrow. I don't think this is a good question for StackExchange. – osullic Nov 27 '18 at 22:01
  • @osullic With respect, I don't think that is correct. Such reference request questions are quite common on, for instance, math.stackexchange and mathoverflow, and have existed there productively for about a decade. There is even a tag for them. – Potato Nov 27 '18 at 23:36
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    Basic technologies used to create digital photographs haven't changed much in the past eight years or so. CMOS sensors still work the way they did then. Ditto for CCD sensors, although they are much less common in cameras intended for artistic photography. Most of the improvements over that time span have been in improving things like microlenses and using smaller die sizes or etching circuitry on the back side of the sensor to increase the percentage of photons that make it into a photosite (a/k/a sensel, pixel well, etc.) compared to those that strike the front of the sensor. – Michael C Nov 28 '18 at 1:13

You might try:

  • The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography (Elsevier)

Your question is specifically regarding the technical aspects of exposure. Much can be learned from online resources about digital sensors (as the previous poster mentioned) and the history of digital imaging. Relatedly, the YouTube video series "Crash Course Computer Science" is also worth watching.

  • Is CrashCourse Computer Science the YouTube series you refer to? I don't see anything there that looks like it's specifically related to digital imaging or sensors. – xiota Aug 21 '19 at 0:28

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