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Learn how to use light to enhance dark landscapes, or capture the full color of nighttime scenes [PDF].

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470527099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470527092
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

Shooting in low light and at night is challenging, but it can result in stunning images, so don't put that digital camera away after the sun goes down! Start capturing eerie and intriguing photographs at all levels of light with this information-packed guide from renowned photographer and author Harold Davis.

He provides pages of field-tested techniques to help you find the proper exposures, including the best settings for ISO, aperture, and shutter. Don't miss the intriguing examples of his own work, including cityscapes, landscapes, and more.

  • Walks readers through the intricacies of night and low light photography
  • Explores the fundamental rules of exposure, including creative settings for ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds
  • Informs and inspires with the author's own breathtaking examples of night photography, including cityscapes, landscapes, exciting night events, and other photos that illustrate the concepts

Capture the visually exciting world after the sun goes down with this essential guide to night photography.

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We hear you’ve written some new digital photography titles. What’s the story behind these books?
Wiley Publishing is releasing three new books of mine, Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques , Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques , and Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques . My idea with these books was to help people become better photographers by presenting the subject of digital photography in a different way.

What’s different about your approach?
They say that cameras don’t take photos, people do. It’s really true. Someone with a great eye can take masterful photos with an inexpensive camera. Therefore, it is important to know something about photo technique, but the really amazing thing is that we can conceptualize and come up with these bits and bytes that make up a photo—and they can be meaningful to people. I try to help people come up with images that are relevant and meaningful. Cameras and hardware are just tools.

What’s with all the photos in these books?
Well, everyone likes to look at striking images, so one thing my photos do in these books is get people’s attention. However, the photos play another role as well. Each photo in my book is accompanied by the story of how the photo was made and the technical data related to the photo. That way, if you’re not ready to dive into the text itself, you can learn a lot just by browsing the photos.

My feeling is that you truly do learn about photography by looking at photos. It’s much more important to look at images you admire and try and figure out why you like them than it is to read about photography. The photos in these books are baked into the DNA of the teaching strategy. By browsing through the pages, someone can learn a great deal and have an enjoyable visual experience at the same time.

What’s the most important thing that readers can get out of your new books?
I want to inspire readers to be the most creative and best photographers they can be. If you pick up one of my books, I hope you can make use of the technical content and see how the photos relate to some of your own work. The most important thing, however, is to take the ideas in the book, get out there, and do some really peddle-to-the-metal creative photography.

Review

"Harold Davis's Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library"---PhotoFidelity

'A beautifully written, lavishly illustrated guide that will educate and inspire in an equal measure. 10/10.' (Digital Photographer, January 2010).

More About the Author

For Harold Davis, a typical day's (or night's) work might involve photographing star trails from the top of Half Dome, investigating the close-up patterns of early morning dew drops with his camera, or finding a new location for photographing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley),Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press) and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly). Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.

Harold is a popular presenter on digital photography topics. His workshops are often sold out.

Harold is well known for his night photography and experimental ultra-long exposure techniques, use of vibrant, saturated colors in landscape compositions, and beautiful creative floral imagery. He is inspired by the flowers in his garden, hiking in the wilderness, and the work of great artists and photographers including M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh and Edward Weston.

Harold lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Phyllis Davis, a graphic designer and writer who frequently collaborates with Harold on book projects. They have four children.

Customer Reviews

I have enjoyed and been inspired by Harold Davis's books for years.
Tom Fielder
The text is concise, easy to understand, and without the frivolities that that I so often find irksome in some techniques books.
Jack H. Tasoff
Just looking at the photographs in the book can get your creative juices flowing.
Suprada

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136 of 151 people found the following review helpful By J. Reifer on February 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm an experienced night photographer, workshop instructor, and college level Photoshop teacher. I've been reviewing various night photography books to find one to recommend to my students. The author of this book obviously shares the joy of night photography, and has made some very nice night landscape images in the Bay Area, and Sierras. Those interested in landscape photography could find this work inspiring. The book shows some breadth of night photography subject matter, hard won images, and plenty of enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, quite a few of the images suffer from insufficient sharpness or depth of field (poor choice of aperture), blatant purple sensor burn (failure to understand CCD sensor limitations vs. CMOS), strange white balances (especially overly magenta skies), images with massive amounts of chroma and luminance noise, and poor technical advice (shooting at f/22 and f/29, which causes loss of sharpness due to diffraction).

This may sound like I'm coming out of left field with all of the other glowing reviews, but as an avid night photographer, I felt like someone had to speak up for image quality and proper technique. Fundamental concepts such as high ISO testing calculations, color temperature settings, and camera setup advice are either glossed over, or ignored. Light painting tools and techniques are not explained, and the use of gels to modify light color & color temperature is sorely lacking. Lance Keimig's "Night photography: Finding your way in the dark" is recommended as an alternative.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jack H. Tasoff on November 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
With "Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques," Mr. Davis creates a new paradigm in photography, the universe of photographing the night. I do not mean photographing at night, but photographing the night. I mean photographing the night that so often has its exquisite beauty concealed in the details that only photography can expose.

His photographs are like an Escher, dazzling to both the eye and mind.

This is not an absolute beginner's book. You need to know what aperture, shutter speed, and ISO mean. But from there Mr. Davis takes you by the hand and gently guides you through a discipline little understood by amateur or professional alike. The photographs are exquisite. The book will surely find its place on your coffee table. Each photograph is accompanied by short explanation of how it was conceived and created. The text is concise, easy to understand, and without the frivolities that that I so often find irksome in some techniques books. That is not to say it is dry or boring. With each photograph I just WANTED to know how it was done. Unlike a mystery novel, I did not want to know who did it, but rather "how" did it. I suggest that on each page you first look at the photograph, and then "guess" how it was done. So often I was never even close to right answer.

My recommendation is to place the book on your wish list, or even better, buy the it now. It is a pearl of great worth.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Amusing on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mr. Harold Davis has authored more than a handful of books covering photography and photographic technique. Other recent works by this author include: The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing - an excellent and indispensable work, Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (Practical Artistry) as well as other works in his "Creative" series which include Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques and Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques.

I have had the good fortune of seeing Harold's work on Flickr, following his BLOG and subsequently attending several of his workshops - including his Night Photography workshop. This book, Creative Night, is heavily illustrated with Harold's night work - most of it very compelling and spanning a variety of different styles. More on that in a moment.

As with Harold's other works, I am pleased to find a generous glossary and index.

Of course the focus of this work is 239 pages dedicated to a spectrum of approaches and important tips in taking and making compelling photography at night. Many people are surprised by the images that can be made at night including shots at night that look like they were taken in daylight.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Suprada on November 26, 2009
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Creative Night is a great book with brilliant photographs. Night photography is one of those sidelines of photography which doesn't get much exposure. However, Harold has changed all that.

Do you want to know what on earth you can photograph at night? Do you want to know how to photograph at night?
Harold Davis has some suggestions of subjects with great photography providing samples of those subjects. Just looking at the photographs in the book can get your creative juices flowing. There are suggestions for those who feel at home in the wilderness as well as to those who thrive in the city. Harold Davis also provides starting points to start taking photos at night. You do need to know the basic technical aspects of photography - What aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure are, and what these mean. With that knowledge, and with the suggestions and the settings tips in this book, you can go shooting at night and come back with some really nice night photographs.

In this book, Harold also has information on a lot of other aspects of night photography - safety issues, tips about the right equipment, and about what else makes night photography exciting. And to top that, he discusses some post processing techniques - blending, selective noise processing, stacking.

I spent an evening just looking through his exquisite photographs. Each of these come with side stories and technical details, all the better for savoring them with a glass of wine. The great part about the book is that it is an easy read. The text is interesting and doesn't get lost in technical jargon. The information is clearly and concisely presented and you come away knowing a lot more than when you began.

Overall, this is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to everyone who is interested in night photography. It would make an awesome gift to somebody who is excited with the idea of night photography. And it makes a good coffee table book as well.
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