- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240812581
- ISBN-13: 978-0240812588
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
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"Lance Keimig, a commercial photographer and teacher of night photography at the New England School of Photography, with over twenty years of experience in this field, is changing the attitude toward night photography. His book, Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark (copyright 2010), provides you with all you need to go from the uninformed, haphazard shot in the dark to an informed and systematic approach... BOOK PROS: one-of-a-kind source book for night photography; well written and easy to read; both film and digital shooting covered; many example photos; advice from multiple expert night photographers including their color and black and white examples.. I believe this book will be to night photography what Light: Science and Magic is to lighting and Digital Exposure Handbook is to exposure, the go-to source for information."--PhotoFidelity.com
"This fantastic book explores the shifts in thinking required to not only work around the difficulties of shooting at night but also to artistically and creatively exploit the subject to the full. There are some truly inspiring images contained with the pages and the text is informative and engaging."--Digital Photographer, page 110
About the Author
Lance has been photographing primarily at night for more than 20 years. He is a successful commercial photographer and currently teaches night photography at the New England School of Photography. He has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and at The Photo Resource Center at Boston University. He teaches workshops around the world and regularly lectures at camera club meetings. He has curated several successful night photography exhibits and his own works are displayed in public and private collections worldwide.
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There are two basic approaches to night photography, considering the low light to be a technical problem to work around or finding the light an opportunity to do something different and special. Lance Keimig's book is strongly in the second camp. The subtitle is "Finding your way in the dark." It could just as easily be "Embrace the night." For addressing the first approach, look to Michael Freeman's book, "The Complete Guide to Night & Lowlight Digital Photography."
Specialty subjects like light painting, star trails and night HDR photography are covered. What you won't find is a thorough discussion of the use of flash. Many night photographers consider the addition of flash to be somehow impure, though the use of continuous lighting in light painting to be fine. Keimig never preaches against flash. He simply gives is very little coverage. That's fine. It's still a great book, though the use of flash can be a nice addition to night photos. However, that subject could easily be a book in itself.
There is some discussion of film based night photography, though the main thrust of the writing is directed towards digital capture. The focus of the book is on image capture and the special problems that photographing at night brings. There is basically no little on post processing of images. That's not a complaint, just an observation. All in all a nice addition to my library.
I love this book. A lot of the information in it applies to regular photography (but is not the usual basic stuff you get in the average photography book). A lot of it is about how night photography is different. For example: autofocus doesn't work in the dark, and autofocus lenses can be difficult to focus manually. (I've got only one lens without autofocus; guess that will be the one I try first.) I think I'm a better photographer after reading this book, day or night.
The examples in the book are beautiful and inspiring. It's true they don't have the usual camera settings listed under them, but if you read the book, it's pretty obvious why. Night photography, with its super-long exposures, is different. Things like shutter speed and aperture just aren't as important.
This book may be too technical for someone with no photography experience at all, but if you're familiar with the basics of SLR photography, you'll get something out of this book.
(And yes, I signed up for the workshop!)
Even after reading this book I found there is no replacement for getting out at night to photograph. You will learn more in one night of shooting than any book can teach. It's amazing what will come to mind standing by yourself 6 hours into the darkest. :O)
This book will get you up and started and your own creativity will bring you to a new level.