- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Mountaineers Books (March 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594858381
- ISBN-13: 978-1594858383
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photography: Night Sky: A Field Guide for Shooting after Dark Paperback – March 13, 2014
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The techniques are well explained and lead readers through the process ... Photo tips the authors impart include photographing star trails, moon phases and twilight; capturing phenomena such as auroras, noctilucent clouds and those mercurial meteors. (Oregonlive.com)
About the Author
A trip leader for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, JAMES MARTIN has contributed to Outdoor Photographer magazine and has seventeen books to his credit. For the Planet Ice project, he has ventured to Antarctica, Greenland, Baffin Island, the Alaska Range, Mount Everest, Patagonia, Central Africa's Ruwenzori Mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Alps, the Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park in Montana, Ecuador's volcanoes, Washington State's Cascade Mountains, Alaska's North Slope, the Three Gorges in China's Yunnan Province, and Shishapangma, also in China. He is represented by Getty Images and ImageState. For more information on Martin and his newly released book with Braided River, please visit www.planeticebook.com or Planet Ice.
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Thanks Jennifer, and well done!
It is focused on night photography with a camera, wide angle lens, and tripod. It omits any information on the use of a tracker to enable much longer exposures and longer focal length lenses. With excellent sky trackers selling for as little as $300 this subject should have been addressed at least in part.
I bought this book, I'm using it, and ....and you may not believe this, but I've been successful in capturing the Milky Way (faint, but really there) in Northern Virginia. I checked using the free computer progam called Stellarium (there is a fee for the one on Android).
In all pictures, Jennifer tells you how she shoots, what settings, how long, and what camera. You can approximate your own shot from there. She also provides helpful checklists to really nail down all the little things you need to do to capture a shot like this.
I don't have a fancy camera: I'm using a Nikon D3300 (entry level) camera, and I used the kit lens (18-55 f3.5), and also a prime lens (35mm) f 1.8g. My family and friends are amazed with the results. You, too can do this.
Jennifer sometimes shoots in Alaska, which is where I going this month. I bought this book with the hope I could get many good shots of the night sky. I've already done it in Virginia, and yes, I know it can be done, If you are interested, this book will help. I'm taking this book with me and praying for clear nights.
The book discusses star trails, volcanoes, and post processing tools (merging files) to help you get those great shots you want. I'm going to use everything she has written.
I have tried two Kindle photography books -- I do NOT recommend them--there is no way to zoom into the pictures and tables, and you can't see the detail. For photography books, you must be able to see the small details.
I like this book and it has become my reference manual for star shooting.
Update: 11/2/14: A little more practice, a better set of lenses (Rokinon manual lenses), and my skills have improved. Now I'm looking for ways to become more creative with my night sky photography. Still; I come back to this book again and again for tips and techniques.
This is really for a serious photographer. Someone with a sturdy tripod, an SLR (preferably full frame) with high ISO, and a good wide angle lens or lenses.