- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Rocky Nook (December 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933952164
- ISBN-13: 978-1933952161
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos
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So that's a summary of how to manipulate your camera for astral-photography : check your display monitor.
The Photoshop sections may be the most useful info contained in the book, but I haven't used the suggestions yet so will refrain from rating these.
Some of the references are getting a little dated but there is nothing that can't be resolved using his recommendations as a starting point and typing a few lines into a internet search engine. When he updates or writes another I'll be buying it.
I'm sorry I ever bought it. The book felt very disjointed. It felt like every paragraph introduced you to a new topic, but never really explained anything. By the end of the paragraph you would be wanting more, only for the book to go on about something new.
To make things worse, the book is filled with sentences that will leave you scratching your head. Here's a perfect example from page 27. And I quote:
"If your camera does not allow the complete manual setting of the exposure, you may be able to use the camera's exposure compensation. For example, if the automatic mode produces over exposures, you can try a manual correction selecting shorter exposures."
What was that he said?? Ok, maybe he'll explain it clearer in the next paragraph... Not.
On the subject of processing your photos, telling me to open Photoshop and click and drag on the curve to adjust the colors doesn't quite cut it. Can we be a little more specific?? Here's the quote:
"In order to create an impressive nighttime image, the following menu item is more helpful: Image->Adjustments->Curves...
As shown in the curves dialog box, you can click and drag on the straight line with the mouse to change the shape of the curve. The result (image 3) more closely resembles a nightime shot"
I need a little more why's and how's than this book offers. The majority of the book is pictures, and even the pictures lack the information normally found in photography books. I'm used to seeing photos where the photographer explains the equipment and settings - you won't find any of that here.
If you already have a general knowledge of astrophotography, I would suggest that you pass on this book.