The pitfalls of photographing at night are many: Autofocus and built-in light meters generally fail at night. Long exposures tend to make noisy or blurry photographs. Cameras set to automatic generally trigger the built-in flash in low light conditions, resulting in unsatisfying images. Lack of understanding and inappropriate techniques often ruin the dramatic potential of nighttime images.
In this book you will learn to overcome these and other obstacles. You will go beyond the many “how-tos” of capturing digital images at night to the “why-tos” of long exposure photography, including the importance of how we think and see at night compared to during the day.
Also discussed are hands-on image editing techniques that will help you prepare your images for output. Detailed descriptions cover color balancing, expanding dynamic range, controlling flare, dealing with noise, converting to black-and-white, toning, and much more.
Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler is a writer, photographer, and educator. She is a regular contributor to such publications as Rangefinder, Digital Photo Pro, and Photographer's Forum. She is the author of Ten Photo Assignments and co-author of Capture: Digital Photography Essentials, both published by Rocky Nook.
She has exhibited her photography in group exhibitions around the country and continues to create work in both digital and analog media, focusing on concepts such as modern attitudes, personal demons, and stunted dreams. Her photographic work can be viewed at amandaquintenz.com
She teaches in several colleges in the San Diego area, holds workshops, and lectures on the arts of photography and writing. She lives in Carlsbad, CA with her beloved husband, Steve, and cherished son, Connor.
From nocturnal scenes of industry to views of pristine landscape, Scholz Rittermann’s work spans opposite ends of our environment.
His work is held in over one hundred public, private, and corporate collections, including MoMA, New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. Scholz Rittermann exhibits in national and international venues, and was honored with a mid-career survey at the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, which published the monograph “Navigating by Light.” He has been teaching photography for over thirty years in the USA and abroad.
In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego exhibited large-scale photographs from “Emperor’s River”, a new multi-year project he has been conducting in China.
Scholz Rittermann is represented by Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. His work can be viewed at rittermann.com.
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Kevin McCollister worked for several years as a deckhand on the Mississippi River. He later lived in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied film and drama at Harvard Extension. Employed by the Writers Guild of America, he has lived in Los Angeles for more than two decades.
His book of photographs, "East of West LA," is available through IFSF publishing and his continuing work can be viewed at eastofwestla.com.
Michael Penn is a self-taught photographer who focuses his lens on Philadelphia and New York City. Preferring to photograph at night, he feels the senses come alive when the sun goes down. Using compact cameras, he can go undetected when trying to capture the city streets.
His work can be viewed at michaelpennphotography.com.
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