Finding your way in the dark
Night photographers have one big thing in common: a true love of the dark. Rather than looking at night photography as an extension of daytime shooting with added complications, they embrace the unique challenges of nocturnal photography for the tremendous wealth of creative opportunities it offers. That's just what this book does. But if the idea of setting out into the deep, dark night with just your camera (and maybe a cup of coffee) gets your creative juices flowing, dive right in. Lance Keimig, one of the premier experts on night photography, has put together a comprehensive reference that will show you ways to capture images you never thought possible. If you have some experience with photography and have always wanted to try shooting at night, you'll learn the basics for film or digital shooting. If you're already a seasoned pro, you'll learn to use sophisticated techniques such as light painting and drawing, stacking images to create long star trails, and more. A chapter on the history of night photography describes the materials and processes that made night photography possible, and introduces the photographers who have defined night photography as an artistic medium. A chapter on how to use popular software packages such as Lightroom and Photoshop specifically with night time shots shows you how to make the final adjustments to your nocturnal creations. In this book you'll find history, theory, and lots of practical instruction on technique, all illustrated with clear, concise examples, diagrams and charts that reinforce the text, and inspiring color and black and white images from the author and other luminaries in the field, including Scott Martin, Dan Burkholder, Tom Paiva, Troy Paiva, Christian Waeber, Jens Warnecke and Cenci Goepel, with Foreword by Steve Harper.
Lance has been photographing primarily at night for more than 20 years. He is a successful commercial photographer and currently teaches night photography at the New England School of Photography. He has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and at The Photo Resource Center at Boston University. He teaches workshops around the world and regularly lectures at camera club meetings. He has curated several successful night photography exhibits and his own works are displayed in public and private collections worldwide.
"Lance Keimig, a commercial photographer and teacher of night photography at the New England School of Photography, with over twenty years of experience in this field, is changing the attitude toward night photography. His book, Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark (copyright 2010), provides you with all you need to go from the uninformed, haphazard shot in the dark to an informed and systematic approach… BOOK PROS: one-of-a-kind source book for night photography; well written and easy to read; both film and digital shooting covered; many example photos; advice from multiple expert night photographers including their color and black and white examples.. I believe this book will be to night photography what Light: Science and Magic is to lighting and Digital Exposure Handbook is to exposure, the go-to source for information."--PhotoFidelity.com
Foreword: Steve Harper
Introduction: Why Night Photography?
Chapter 1: The History of Night Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital
Chapter 2: Night Photography Equipment
Guest section- access, security, and trespassing- Troy Paiva
Chapter 3: Basic concepts of Night Photography
Chapter 4: Film Based Night Photography
Guest section- large format color film, Tom Paiva
Chapter 5: Digital Night Photography
Guest section- What If It Moves?, Christian Waeber
Chapter 6: The Digital Darkroom for Night Photography
Chapter 7: High Dynamic Range Imaging
Guest section- Manual Layer Blending in Photoshop, Christian Waeber
Guest section- HDR and tone mapping, Dan Burkholder
Chapter 8: Moonlight, Star Trails, the Natural Environment
Chapter 9: Light Painting
Guest section- All That Shines, Cenci and Jens
Guest section- In The Absence of Light, Scott Martin