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Digital Capture After Dark 1st Edition

3.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1933952666
ISBN-10: 1933952660
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Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler is a writer, photographer, and educator. She is a regular contributor to such publications as Rangefinder, Digital Photo Pro, and Photographer's Forum. She is the author of Ten Photo Assignments and co-author of Capture: Digital Photography Essentials, both published by Rocky Nook.

She has exhibited her photography in group exhibitions around the country and continues to create work in both digital and analog media, focusing on concepts such as modern attitudes, personal demons, and stunted dreams. Her photographic work can be viewed at amandaquintenz.com

She teaches in several colleges in the San Diego area, holds workshops, and lectures on the arts of photography and writing. She lives in Carlsbad, CA with her beloved husband, Steve, and cherished son, Connor.

From nocturnal scenes of industry to views of pristine landscape, Scholz Rittermann's work spans opposite ends of our environment.

His work is held in over one hundred public, private, and corporate collections, including MoMA, New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. Scholz Rittermann exhibits in national and international venues, and was honored with a mid-career survey at the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, which published the monograph "Navigating by Light." He has been teaching photography for over thirty years in the USA and abroad.

In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego exhibited large-scale photographs from "Emperor's River", a new multi-year project he has been conducting in China.

Scholz Rittermann is represented by Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA and can be contacted at info@rittermann.com. His work can be viewed at rittermann.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (January 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952666
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd been eagerly awaiting the much-ballyhooed publishing of this book, and ordered it as soon as it came out.

Sadly, I found little useful new information inside. Much of the content was just "filler" and/or common knowledge in my opinion (How to choose a camera, be sure and use a tripod, don't use auto exposure at night). Given that, one might suggest this as a good book for beginners, but then other sections clearly assume a base level of photographic knowledge.

There were a variety of subjects covered, but most in such brevity as to be just gingerbread... Use of Photoshop, Camera Raw, Lightroom, and HDR was mentioned, but in token detail only (inexplicably, the few Lightroom examples showed version 3, even though Lightroom 4 has been on the streets for well over a year. Picky, I know, but surprising for a book printed just a few weeks ago.

The most disturbing element for me, however, was the generally uninspiring photos included as examples in the book. Sure, there were a couple of nice ones, but honestly, many of the photos were what would have ended up in the reject pile on my lightbox!

I couldn't in all good conscience rate this book a one star, as it does have a pretty cover and a generally pleasing visual presentation (in spite of the bland photo examples). I suspect some readers will find some value in the content, but for me, a quick evening's read was enough to encourage me to return the book to Amazon for refund (something I rarely do!)
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This book brings out a few things that are different from film photography and provides a good checklist for a night time shoot. For amateur photography a good read , for advanced amateur on it could have been written in half the number of pages, a decent buy used.
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I had read the softback book from the local library and decided - though not perfect - it would be a good Kindle-carried source.

It helps with the basics of night shooting - for the neophyte.
Which most days - I am.

I also like that it shows work done with mid-level point and shoot digi's.
I shoot with a variety of higher end p&s digi's - the Leica D Lux 3, Canon G7 and Nilon P600 - on tripod.
Plus older Fuji S2 dslrs and a Pentax K-01 "brick" - the latter for limited HDR.

After looking a lot of similar books on night image capture - I bought this one!
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It's been said that photographers who put away their cameras when the sun goes down are losing half of their opportunities to photograph. That's probably not true, given that most of us have to sleep sometime. But photographing after dark does present new opportunities.

Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler and Philipp Scholz Ritterman, with the help of photographers Kevin McCollister and Michael Penn, offer their take on the genre. The book begins with a discussion of equipment, although, other than a flashlight, none of the suggestions seem out of the ordinary for the well equipped DSLR photographer. Next there is a discussion of basics, like ISO, manual focus (important for night photography where cameras may have a hard time acquiring focus) and histograms. The authors emphasize the importance of using one's histogram since the camera's LCD can't be trusted in the dark. Subsequent chapters discuss where and when to photograph, the effects and benefits of varying weather conditions, and what the authors call light-painting. (It differs from what I have learned to call light painting.) The next part of the book deals with post-processing, with emphasis on increasing dynamic range by combining bracketed images. There is a chapter on selective smart sharpening, black and white photography, and a chapter demonstrating panoramic HDR imaging at night, without any suggestions about how to accomplish this.

I have never found a single book on night photography that covers all the aspects and this book is no exception. Indeed, it almost seems like the book is aimed at inspiring the night photographer rather than providing detailed instructions.
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Overall, this is a fairly complete coverage of low light digital photography, with something for every skill level. Part 1 is pretty basic - stuff you probably already know like choosing equipment, camera operation, etc. Part II is a little more interesting as it deals with capturing the image. It covers shooting at various times & conditions, metering, special techniques, creating movement, light painting etc. Nothing ground breaking - just things you need to know. Part III deals with post processing and, to me, this is the best part of the book. It covers a variety of image processing programs like Photoshop, Lightroom & several Nik products. It offers a number of more advanced techniques like a different way to sharpen images, and combining bracketed exposures without using HDR software. It covers both color and black & white processing. I think even advanced photographers might learn something here.
The most disappointing part of the book are the images used. While they help illustrate the points being made, very few are interesting. I would have liked to have gotten inspiration & new ideas from the photos, but I didn't. Overall, it's a complete, though generally basic, coverage of the subject
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