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Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-351065-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-351065-2

Are you a night owl looking to make stunning images of streetscapes, fireworks, or the night sky? Do you like to bend time with long exposure photography? Do star trails or lightning strikes inspire you? Then this book is for you!

In Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer Gabriel Biderman brings you the basics of digital night photography—exposure, composition, and light—and how to scout and capture different nocturnal locations once the sun goes down. Gabriel will help you understand the fundamentals and bring your unique artistic expression to any night situation. In this beautifully illustrated guide you will:

  • Focus in the dark and master basic composition rules—and know when to break them
  • Understand metering and switch to manual mode for more control over your exposure
  • Set white balance, understand color temperature, and add flash or slow sync
  • Explore color, light painting, and creative ways to play with light in your images
  • Learn what gear works best for your style of shooting and strategies for operating your equipment in the dark
  • Discover expert techniques for post-processing your nighttime images in Lightroom and Photoshop

Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time.

And once you have the shot, show it off and join the book’s Flickr group:

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Equipment/Gear

The Right Tools for the Night Job

Poring Over the Gear
What's in my Bag
The Night Camera
Lens Choices

Cable Releases
Flash & Flashlights
Light Modifiers
Nocturnal Accessories

Chapter 2:  Exposure

Understanding the Night

Poring Over the Picture

Poring Over the Picture
Understanding Exposure



Mastering Manual

Now Do it in the Dark
Slowing Down the Shutter

ISO/High, ISO/Optimal, ISO

The High ISO Test


Chapter 3 — Composition

Honing Your Night Vision

Poring Over the Picture

Poring Over the Picture

Rules and When to Break Them

Focusing in the Dark

Night Visions
Playing with Time

Long Exposure Noise Reduction

Chapter 4 — The Night Light

Capturing and Creating Light

Poring Over The Picture

Poring Over the Picture
The Night Light (Quantity and Quality)
White Balance
Adding Flash/Slow Sync
Flash vs. Flashlight
Light Painting
Writing with Light
Experiment = Experience

Chapter 5 — The Night Life

How To Succeed In Different Nocturnal Scenarios

Poring Over the Picture

Poring Over the Picture

Scouting your Location
The Full Moon Advantage
The Night Sky
Star Trails vs. Star Points
Shooting the Moon
Fairs and Fireworks

Street Lights and Extreme Lighting Condition
Freezing Snow
Pitfalls in the Dark


Chapter 6 - Processing your Night Life

Developing that Night Look

Poring Over the Picture

Poring Over the Picture


Lightroom Is the New Darkroom

Importing Your Images

The Library

Developing for the Night

Finding Your Style


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