- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Amphoto Books; 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0817432418
- ISBN-13: 978-0817432416
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night and Low-Light Photography: Professional Techniques from Experts for Artistic and Commercial Success 1st Edition
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But my biggest issue with this book (and it is big in my opinion), is Jill Waterman's overt lack of information and insight about digital photography equipment and methodologies. Almost the entire book is dedicated to a film-based philosophy, from darkroom techniques to reciprocity failure. Having come from the film world myself, I get it. But in 2008--with the advent of highly capable low-light/high ISO cameras like the Nikon D3, this omission is just too big to ignore. It's almost as if the book were written in 2001 and published in 2008.
Undoubtedly, many contributors in this book continue to shoot using film. And film certainly offers some advantages in dynamic range over digital (which is important when trying to capture the full range of highlights and shadows in any given scene), although this gap is starting to close as sensors become more sophisticated. But ultimately, digital shooters reading Jill Waterman's book may feel that she does not go far enough to address their unique concerns and challenges. Film is still viable and is certainly here to stay, but most of the world is shooting digital nowadays--and these will be the people buying her book.
Lastly, I would have liked Jill Waterman to expand a little more on the technical aspects of nighttime image capture--especially as it relates to aperture, shutter and ISO selection. She does touch upon this with information about how to achieve a star burst effect by stopping down. And there is some information about opening up wide while increasing ISO to make star trails more plentiful and vibrant. But I would have liked to see more information about why a photographer chooses one aperture over another (or shutter/ISO) based on the night scene presented in front of them and their shooting goals. What works technically for daytime shooters does not necessarily translate into a nighttime environment.
Would I still recommend this book--well, probably. There is great reference material throughout, and many of the images are compelling and will provide good inspiration for any photographer looking to venture into the exciting and mysterious world that happens when the sun goes down. If you're looking for a definitive "how to book" on night photography, this may not be it--especially if you shoot digital. But it does contain enough good information to make the trip worthwhile--especially given the lack of good material on the subject.
Addressing some of the lower ranked comments about the books lack of coverage on digital techniques, which there are plenty of already, I'd hope a book with "Artistic" in the title wouldn't focus on digital fads like HDR. Thats a Photoshop book you're looking for.
It's a good book, though, and if you are interested in night photography, it's worth the money.
I've bought my first DSLR and also bought 15 photography books on amazon. I'm evaluating the books from the perspective of a somewhat knowledgeable amateur.