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Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop Paperback – December 27, 2011
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Star trails. City lights. Fireworks. The winning touchdown under the lights. To preserve these images, you must learn to manage light and exposure. This book explores lighting basics, exposure settings, and useful accessories,helping you take advantage of various low-light situations. Experiment with low-light portraits, freezing the action at an outdoor event, capturing the moon and stars, or creating artistic images with moving lights, then get feedback on your work at photoworkshop.com.
Photograph people in low-light situations, create unique cityscapes, and explore light painting
Understand white balance and the color of light
Capture the magic and mystery of a nighttime landscape
Preserve the beauty of the night sky
Use image editing software to reduce digital noise and get the most from your images
More About the Author
The wide variety of bands that Alan has shot include: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Weir and RatDog, Bruce Hornsby, Bullet for my Valentine, Citizen Cope, The Dead, Death Cab for Cutie, Derek Trucks Band, The Grateful Dead, Jackie Greene, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Mickey Hart Band, Robin Williams, Slayer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, and Willie Nelson.
Alan's work has been published online and in print in the following outlets:Soundspike.com Associatedcontent.com, Bruuce.com, Dead.net, Glidemagazine.com, Jambands.com, Jambase.com, MarkKaran.com, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald, Otherones.net, Pauserecord.com, Philzone.com, Photoshop User, Ranch & Coast Magazine, Rat-dog.com, Ratdog.org, Relix Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. His images have been used for various CDs and other promotional work.
Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert venue in Southern California and when he isn't out shooting concerts, he is writing photography books.
He is the author of the best selling "Exposure Digital Field Guide" and "Composition Digital Field Guide", and has written two books on Sony DSLRs the "Sony Alpha A700 Digital Field Guide," and the "Sony Alpha A200 Digital Field Guide." Alan is also the Author of the iPad Fully Loaded series and theNight an dLow Light Photography Photo Workshop all for Wiley Publishing. Alan has contributed to Photoshop User magazine and is a key contributor to the Lexar.com website.
Alan a regular blog at www.alanhessphotography.com
Top Customer Reviews
The book is also packed with example images on every page. In many cases right and wrong examples are shown side by side. ISO, shutter speed and aperture are listed for every image. Lighting details are included where applicable. I learned a lot just from examining the examples. I also got a lot of ideas of places and things to photograph.
This book is really for any photographer looking to improve their skills, not just those of us who love to shoot in low light situations. The truth is, that the challenges of low light photography are present in almost every photographic scenario. This book helps you understand how your camera sees light. Understanding this and knowing what your photographic goals are before you start shooting will greatly improve your photography in every instance, not just the night and low light settings.
I like the way the information is presented in very simple language, and the workshop format encourages you to practice the techniques learned in each section. You then have the option of uploading your best efforts to a website where it is shared with a community of photographers for comments and feedback.
The first chapter provides an overview of the basics of night and low light photography, and the different scenarios for finding subjects to photograph. The second deals with light and exposure, the third with gear, and then you get to the fun stuff, as the author guides you step by step through your options for capturing people and places; weddings, concerts and events; sports; night skies, star trails and fireworks; city lights; light painting and landscapes. Finally, he includes a section on digital post production to help you fix some of the stuff you messed up in the field.
This is a most helpful and informative book for anyone looking to improve their photography techniques in low light situations.
Amanda Richards, December 13, 2011
One thing I realized while reading it was that no matter how many books on photography I have read, none seem to talk about the basic things one wonders when first getting into photography.
Just FYI Here are things I was always wanting to know that no one ever answered directly or clearly enough before:
Do I have to spend thousands of dollars to easily take amazing photos in low light situations : the answer is Yes. In order for you to take photos of moving people and moving things in low light situations and keep it sharp, you need an expensive lens with a very fast f Stop. Often you are paying for exactly that in the price of a lens too.
Do I need to spend a lot for great quality flash photography? Yes
In order take flash photography well you need to invest in not only a good flash that has swivel abilities and some type of diffuser but also one that will accept a battery pack and a rechargeable one at that. Anyone who has done digital photography with a cheaper flash and regular batteries knows it is like feeding peanuts to an elephant. Far before you think it's possible, you have run out and need many more to make sure the task is completed well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received it, good quality and good info, easy to understand.Published 1 month ago by Fred Grunder
Very useful and handy for those wanting to take great night shots.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the book. Can't wait to try out the workbook ideas.Published 7 months ago by William David New
I was expecting a book about night and low light photography, but it has way too much in it about portrait photography. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chris M. Davies
I've been dabbling in photography for a long time. I've always resisted having to climb the learning curve associated with "correct exposure". Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey W. Skinner