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Released: 2011-12-27

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Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop by Alan Hess


Finally! A resource that sheds light on the unique challenges of night and low-light photography

With their unique sets of challenges, night and low-light photography are often touted as some of the most difficult and frustrating genres of digital photography. This much-needed guide demystifies any murky topics provides you with all the information you need to know from choosing the right gear and camera settings to how to best edit your photos in post-production. Renowned photographer Alan Hess shares techniques and indispensable tips that he has garnered from years of experience.

Helpful projects and full-color stunning photos in each chapter serve to educate and inspire, while assignments at the end of every chapter encourage you to practice your skills and upload your photos to a website so you can share and receive critiques.

  • Details best practices for taking portraits, landscapes, and action shots in night or low light
  • Features specific coverage of concert photography and low-light event photography
  • Answers the most frequent questions that photographers face while tackling this challenging technique

Packed with invaluable advice and instruction, Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop doesn?t leave you in the dark.

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From the Author: Sample Photos

Fireworks (Click on image to zoom)
Most of the time when shooting fireworks, the subject is the fireworks themselves but for this photo I tried to concentrate on the boats in the bay that were there to see the fireworks. To time the photographs, I had the camera locked into a tripod and used a cable release with the camera set to bulb mode so that the shutter stayed open as long as I held the button on the release. Taken at 2.7 seconds, f/16 and ISO 400

Ferris Wheel (Click on photo to zoom)
This photograph is of a ferris wheel in motion and the pattern is actually made up of the light trails as the wheel turns. This was taken using a 3 second shutter speed to give the wheel time to move enough to get a good pattern. I zoomed in very close so that the image was more abstract, and to me, more interesting. Taken at 3 seconds, f/22 and ISO 200

Dave Navarro (Click on photo to zoom)
Photographing concerts can be really tough. To freeze the action in the low light, a shutter speed of 1/160 second was used along with a wide aperture of f/2.8 and the ISO was pushed all the way to ISO 2500. I waited until the light was at it’s brightest, then took a quick series of shots with this frame being the best of the three. Taken at 1/160 second, f/2.8 and ISO 2500

Book Details

Author: Alan Hess Publisher: Wiley Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 304

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