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Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240812588
ISBN-10: 0240812581
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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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240812581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240812588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Reifer on August 21, 2010
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I am a dedicated night photographer and photography workshop instructor who has written extensively on the topic of night photography. I own or have read most books published on night shooting, and at long last there is a book I can recommend wholeheartedly -- Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark by Lance Keimig.

This book covers the technical aspects of night photography with great clarity and understanding, and includes many beautiful example images. Lance also touches on the more elusive why of night photography and mentions two key points: night photography is an experience that can lead to a heightened sense of awareness, and is a pursuit that often contends with a great deal of mystery.

Chapter one contains a very informative and well written history of night photography that includes some superb images. Even those of you who know your photo history quite well will likely learn something new and find photographers you'd like to further investigate.

The second chapter proceeds to a discussion of gear, including a list of key digital camera features for night photography. There is an excellent discussion on using manual focus lenses for easier focusing and perspective control. The night photography equipment checklist is a great resource for packing your gear. The tripod section is short, and I recommend Thom Hogan's guide to tripods as a supplement. The chapter concludes with a well-written essay on the important topic of location access issues by my friend and legendary night photographer Troy Paiva.

Chapter three is an overview of the basics of night photography technique, including the most in-depth discussion anywhere on how to focus at night.
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As an overall read on night photography, it gets 5 stars. As a reference or "how-to" it gets 3 stars. So I rated it at 4 stars.

After reading the first few pages, I found myself thinking "Man, it's night photography, not some mystical, soul-seeking walk-about into the mysteries of the dark side of humankind."

Most books have a single paragraph dedication. The author manages to stretch it to 20 pages with a forward, acknowledgments, biographies, and introduction. Save all the self promotion and congratulations for the back of the book. Between that and some of the other reviews here, one really has the impression that there's a small hard-core community out there that spends way too much time out in the dark :)

When I see a book on photography - any type of photography - I expect to see EVERY photo include a table of settings and a description, enabling the reader to replicate the effect. Too many are just eye candy - no explanation whatsoever. Many have just partial information, for example, just a camera make and f-stop - almost as if they were trying to hide how it was done.

26 pages on the history of night photography, while interesting, could have been compacted down to 5 pages, and the rest used for more practical examples. The author also clearly prefers film to digital, even going as far as stating that digital is better to preview the shot, and film to capture it. That's a personal opinion, not a fact. It all depends on the digital camera resolution / sensor size, and film camera model and film format / size. Then, strangely enough, he dedicates most of the book to digital photography.

The chapter on equipment was well done, and had some great suggestions. Again, a little too much time was spent on trivialities.
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I have been a night photographer for five years and have been a fan of the Nocturne website and Lance's website [...]. I was a bit apprehensive when I ordered his book "Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark, as I have pretty much every book regarding night photography in my photo library and all of them have omissions in information or are either focused on a photographer's exposure times or exclusively digital. First, I was pleasantly surprised at the dimensions of the book, it is 9" x 7.5" with embossed lettering and a beautiful night image of a scene in Scotland. The size makes it very easy to read or put in your gear bag. Lance begins with the history of night photography and photographers which is appreciable as we all stand on the shoulders of those giants, and some of the more contemporary photographers I was compelled to look up their work.

Lance then discusses in depth the night photographer's gear and the inherent challenges of nightwork (possible trespassing, police, dogs, etc.), in my case in the desert it is scorpions and rattlesnakes.
The discussion then continues to different types of focusing including tips on blind focusing, dynamic range, light sources, flare, temperature, etc.
There is a sizable chapter on film photography which I appreciate as I shoot film. He gives several suggestions on developers and recipes, as well as highlighting Tom Paiva's thoughts on large format color film night photography.
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