The Enthusiast's Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography: 50 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

The Enthusiast's Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography: 50 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

by Alan Hess


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681982427
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 819,244
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Alan Hess is a commercial photographer based in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and two rescued boxers. Alan has been taking photos for many years and likes to believe that he has made just about every mistake you can with a camera. His goal is to help others avoid making those same mistakes.

Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert and event venue in Southern California where he photographs everything from major musical acts to ice hockey. When he isn't out taking photographs, he spends his time writing books and is an accomplished photography educator and trainer.

Alan’s images have been published in a variety of places including newspapers, magazines, websites, promotional materials, album artwork, and press releases. His clients include The Associated Press, Fox Television, FX Network, USA Network, Hasbro, Framus Guitars, Gibson, The Dead, Picture Group, Photoshop User Magazine, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, and many more.

He is the author of sixteen photography and technology books covering everything from night and low-light photography to multiple-shot techniques. His books are sold around the world and have been translated into languages including Chinese, French, Polish, Japanese, Thai, and Italian.

You can find Alan at

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: what’s 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. It’s 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

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