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Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques

Book Description

Take a well-timed shot in the dark with this invaluable guide to night photography

Shooting in low light and at night is challenging, but it can result in stunning images, so don't put that digital camera away after the sun goes down! Start capturing eerie and intriguing photographs at all levels of light with this information-packed guide from renowned photographer and author Harold Davis.

He provides pages of field-tested techniques to help you find the proper exposures, including the best settings for ISO, aperture, and shutter. Don't miss the intriguing examples of his own work, including cityscapes, landscapes, and more.

  • Walks readers through the intricacies of night and low light photography

  • Explores the fundamental rules of exposure, including creative settings for ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds

  • Informs and inspires with the author's own breathtaking examples of night photography, including cityscapes, landscapes, exciting night events, and other photos that illustrate the concepts

Capture the visually exciting world after the sun goes down with this essential guide to night photography.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Credits
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. Becoming a creature of the night
    1. 1.1. Benefits of Night Photography
    2. 1.2. Kinds of Night Photography
    3. 1.3. Planning for Night Photography
    4. 1.4. Safety Precautions
      1. 1.4.1. Spot Personal Satellite Tracker
    5. 1.5. Cameras for Night Photography
    6. 1.6. Tripods
    7. 1.7. Power Sources
    8. 1.8. Lensen
    9. 1.9. Focusing at Night
    10. 1.10. Using Manual Exposure
    11. 1.11. Bulb Photography
    12. 1.12. Exposing at Night
    13. 1.13. Shutter Speed
    14. 1.14. Aperture
    15. 1.15. ISO
    16. 1.16. Using the Exposure Histogram at Night
    17. 1.17. Light Painting
  6. 2. Colors of the night
    1. 2.1. Photographing Cityscapes at Night
    2. 2.2. Buildings at Night
      1. 2.2.1. Using a Tripod in Public.
    3. 2.3. Bridges and Water Reflections
    4. 2.4. Industrial Scenes
      1. 2.4.1. A Word about White Balance.
    5. 2.5. Light and Motion at Night
    6. 2.6. Photographing the Ocean
    7. 2.7. Fog at Night
    8. 2.8. Clouds
    9. 2.9. Photographing the Moon
    10. 2.10. Night at Home
    11. 2.11. Everyday Objects
    12. 2.12. Extending Dynamic Range
      1. 2.12.1. Hand HDR in Photoshop
    13. 2.13. Night in Black and White
  7. 3. Lonely spaces of the night
    1. 3.1. Freedom of the Night
    2. 3.2. Nightscapes by Moonlight
    3. 3.3. Making Night Look Like Day
    4. 3.4. Understanding the Night Sky
    5. 3.5. The Night Landscape
    6. 3.6. Flowers of the Night
  8. 4. Watches of the deep night
    1. 4.1. Long Exposures in the Night
    2. 4.2. Minimizing Noise
    3. 4.3. Post-Processing Noise
    4. 4.4. Capturing Star Trails
    5. 4.5. Night Music
  9. 5. Stacking Star Trails
    1. 5.1. Understanding Stacking
    2. 5.2. Stacking Software
    3. 5.3. Combining a Stack in Photoshop
      1. 5.3.1. Using the Statistics Script
      2. 5.3.2. Finding the foreground and saving the image
      3. 5.3.3. Layering the stacked image with the foreground image
      4. 5.3.4. Finding a surprise
      5. 5.3.5. Programming an Interval Timer
      6. 5.3.6. Reducing Camera Motion
      7. 5.3.7. Using a Remote Control
      8. 5.3.8. Benefits of a Programmable Interval Timer
      9. 5.3.9. Timers and Cameras
      10. 5.3.10. Using a Programmable Interval Timer
  10. Resources and Websites
  11. Glossary