The Low Light Photography Field Guide
The essential guide to getting perfect images in challenging light
In bright light, it is easier to take a beautiful photograph with your DSLR. When the sun starts to go down or you are shooting indoors, a whole new skill set is needed. This new addition to the successful Field Guide Series will help you shoot what potentially could be the most lovely image without the help of natural light. No more harsh flash photographs with dreary backgrounds and no more blurry night shots that were exposed too long. Opening with a section on the qualities of different kinds of low light, the book then deals with ways of overcoming gloomy situations, whether you are shooting hand-held or on a tripod. Post-production fixes are also covered, allowing you to turn difficult shots into real works of art.
Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.
Section 1: Low Light, Light & the Sensor, Thresholds & Trade Offs, The Range of Light Sources, Contrast Issues, Restoring Highlights, Revealing Shadows, Shadow Realism, Color Temperature, White Balance, Key Camera Settings, Natural Low Light, Artificial Low Light, Color Temperature Blending, Selective Color Change, Profiling for Color
Section 2 :Hand Held, Choosing Hand Held or Locked Down, Steadying Techniques, Steadying Equipment, Stablizing Technology, Fast Lenses, Focus at Full Aperture, Defining Sharpness, The Technical Edit, Identifying Types of Blur, Repairing Focus Blur, Repair to Extend Focus, Repairing Motion Blur, Repairing Combined, Blur Types, Gross Motion Blur, Frame Selection, Tracking for Sharpness, Making Motion Blur Work, Raw for Low Light, Double-Processed Raw, Hand Held HDRI, Pseudo-HDR, Types of Noise, Software, Adding Flash
Section 3: Locked Down, Tripods, Tripod Technique, Heads, Clamps, Motion Blur with Tripods, Long-Exposure Noise, Image Averaging for Noise, Coping with Contrast, Photoshop Exposure, Blending, Manual Blending, High-Low ISO Blending, Blending Software, HDR Imaging, HDR Generation, Tonemapping, Photomatix, Photoshop, FDR Tools, Easy HDR, Ghosting
Glossary, Acknowledgements, Index