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The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography

Alan Hess

The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography

50 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

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SKU: 1101


136 pages | Soft Cover – with flaps, 8.5 x 8.5 in.

ISBN: 9781681982427

July 2017

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  • Description

    Product Description

    If you’re a passionate photographer and you’re ready to take your work to the next level, The Enthusiast’s Guide book series was created just for you. Whether you’re diving head first into a new topic or exploring a classic theme, Enthusiast’s Guides are designed to help you quickly learn more about a topic or subject so that you can improve your photography.

    The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography: 49 Photographic Principles You Need to Know teaches you how to shoot compelling images at night and in low-light situations. Chapters are broken down into a series of numbered lessons, with each lesson providing what you need to improve your photography. In this book, which is divided into five chapters that include 49 photographic principles to help you create great images, photographer and author Alan Hess covers all the necessary gear and camera settings, as well as topics such as light painting, photographing the night sky, shooting great cityscapes, and post-processing techniques that will bring out the best in your photographs. Example lessons include:

    •7. Using Manual exposure mode is the best way to go
    •9. Focusing in low light
    •21. Mounts, clamps, and other ways to keep the camera stable
    •27. How high can you push the ISO?
    •33. Creating low-light portraits
    •37. How to get those starburst street lights
    •46. Correcting the tones in your image

    Written in a friendly and approachable manner and illustrated with examples that drive home each lesson, The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography is designed to be effective and efficient, friendly and fun. Read an entire chapter at once, or read just one topic at a time. With either approach, you’ll quickly learn a lot so you can head out with your camera to capture great shots.

  • Table of Contents
    • Chapter 1: Night and Low-Light Photography Basics
    •  1. Why night and low-light
    • photography is difficult
    •  2. The pros and cons of using long exposures
    •  3. The pros and cons of using wide apertures
    •  4. Using ISO to your advantage
    •  5. Equivalent exposures are important
    •  6. When you can add some light
    •  7. Using Manual exposure mode is the best way to go
    •  8. The built-in light meter lies
    •  9. Focusing in low light
    • 10. Multiple exposures can save your shoot
    • Chapter 2: All the Gear You Will Want and Need
    • 11. Basic camera needs
    • 12. Bulb mode, and why you need it
    • 13. Noise: how noisy is your camera
    • 14. The often ignored self-timer mode
    • 15. The In-camera time-lapse setting
    • 15. Lens choices: whats your favorite focal length?
    • 16. Variable and constant aperture lenses
    • 18. Keep the camera stable
    • 19. Tripods
    • 20. Monopods
    • 21. Mounts, clamps, and other ways to keep the camera stable
    • 22. Why you need a remote, release, and timer
    • 23. Using a cable release
    • 24. Going wireless with a remote
    • 25. Other ways to trigger your camera remotely
    • 26. Why I love Trigger Trap
    • Chapter 3: Capturing Action in Low Light
    • 27. How high can you push the ISO?
    • 28. Freezing the action
    • 39. Using the lowest shutter speed possible
    • 30. Panning for action
    • 31. The easy way to get a proper exposure
    • 32. Its critical to focus on the right thing
    • 33. Creating low-light portraits
    • 34. Using a little fill flash
    • Chapter 4: Capturing a Low-Light scene
    • 35. Using a very slow shutter speed
    • 36. Creating a deep depth of field
    • 37. How to get those starburst street lights
    • 38. Painting with light
    • 39. Photographing the night sky
    • 40. The best light is at sunrise and sunset
    • 41. Photographing the city lights
    • 42. City lights with multiple exposures
    • Chapter 5: Photoshop Post-Processing Techniques for Low-Light Images
    • 43. Do you need noise reduction?
    • 44. Noise-reduction techniques for action
    • 45. Noise-reduction techniques for scenic photos
    • 46 Correcting the tones in your image
    • 47. Adjusting the white balance for better colors
    • 48. Removing dust and scratches
    • 49. Dodge and burn for contrast