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Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop Paperback – December 27, 2011
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Minimal light. Maximum magic. Master low-light photography
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
Top customer reviews
However, the book is not without its benefits. As photographers, we tend to steer towards biasing ourselves in a singular area in photography. Not that we don't enjoy other areas of photography (architecture, portraits, sports). Let's face it though; we get biased in what we like. Allan Hess' book gets you to explore areas you may not venture into. Clearly his interest is "concert" photography. If you have kids in theatre it may provide you helpful hints because of difficult stage lighting situations. There are a variety of other topics such as sports, county fair, neon signs, star trails, light painting, wedding and night architectural photography. In all areas he covers aperture, shutter speed, ISO and metering to optimize the situation. My favorite chapter is on light trails with fireworks.
If you are looking for the optimal book on low light, long exposure landscape photography I would not spend my money here (3 star). If you are open to other forms of "art" in photography, this book will open your eyes to many possibilities (4 star).
With that said there is a lot of repeat from other books (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, equivalent exposures, etc...) that anyone above a first time photographer is going to find redundant, but it never hurts to refresh your memory. This could be because all I do is read photography books in my free time while here in Afghanistan. Anyway, the author does a really good job of explaining the approach to low light photography from a landscape and portrait perspective. Topic on how to read the light given in the situtaion and how to work with that or add your own light for an added affect without over powering the situation.
There is a lengthy discussion of equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods, tripod heads, off camera lighting, etc...). All in all a really good book. Several new techniques within its pages that I can't wait to try out once I'm back in the states.