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Night and Low-Light Photography: Professional Techniques from Experts for Artistic and Commercial Success 1st Edition
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There are some reasonable images in the book and even a few very good ones however the average is below par; pretentiousness creeps in at a level not expected in an beginner book such as this.
A surprising amount of space is devoted to techniques for developing film. In fact more space is devoted to "How a divided developer works" than is spent on equipment for light painting. I had to check that it was a recent publication as it started to look like something from the last decade.
One of the five star reviewers is one of the book's contributers!
The learning experience pales compared to books such as those by Lee Frost (The Complete Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography)
The very important technique of High Dynamic Range is mentioned but the book demonstrates little understanding or knowledge of the field
But the worst part of the book by far is the graphical layout. I will not repeat all the comments of Conrad J. Obregon but I agree with him; I have never seen a worse layout in any book never mind a photographic book.
This is not a pleasant reading experience.
Jill Waterman has assembled a team of 30 top professionals to talk about low-light and night photography. The book begins with the usual mandatory discussion of equipment, although this chapter contains many tips on equipment use, such as stabilizing one's lens against glass if shooting through it. There are also some unusual pieces of equipment mentioned, like large portable spotlights for painting with light. Other chapters include discussions of color temperature; black and white photography, which emphasizes the role of the chemical darkroom in extending range; lighting techniques, which emphasizes light painting; weather, night time phenomena, like the aurora; and post production tools. There is a chapter that analyzes the styles of seven of the photographers and a final chapter that talks about the availability of workshops.
The difficult part of the project was probably wrangling the work and ideas of thirty different photographers into a coherent instructional body and it shows. The book lacks orderly development and approach to this kind of photography and often lapses into a kind of esoteric tip book. Occasionally there were interesting pieces of information that were never tied to anything else, like the distinctions between civil, nautical and astronomical twilight.
What I found strange was the feeling of having entered into a time warp with discussions of film, two-part developers and enlargers. A theme seems to be that film lends itself to a greater range of exposure values then digital, although that may require chemical processing to achieve.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great work! Lots of good technical ideas that help. Jill and friends do an outstanding job with a tough subject.Published on January 20, 2013 by Ceylon Barclay
this book was really helpful to be able to produce my own night photos. the information is provided in an easy to understand manner with enough technical detail that allowed me to... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by polly
Purchased this book not knowing whether to expect a bunch of pictures or more substance and was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Tom P
te information in ths book is fantastic but it dos not hold on to my attention for a very long time as it has too many technical terms and not very user friendly. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by savvy
An outstanding book for the professional and amateur photographer. This book explains in detail how to obtain the best images taken in the dark. Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by 4x5guy
This books strength is it's full of examples of night shots on film and the settings they used to do it. Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Jhaysin A. Gilman
This books is pretty bad. It features ideas about low light photography by a bunch of photographers. So far so good. However, a lot of the discussion is about traditional film. Read morePublished on December 18, 2009 by Jackal
I went through Night & Low-Light Photography quickly at first. I was awestruck by some of the photos. Read morePublished on January 22, 2009 by yale