Night and Low-Light Techniques for Digital Photography

Amherst Media
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The techniques illustrated in this handbook inspire photographers to take photographs when they would otherwise put their camera away—in low-light and nighttime situations. A comprehensive discussion of color and tone teaches photographers how to change their overall perceptions in low-light environments and adjust their exposure settings and filters to suit a variety of light levels. The most adverse lighting situations are covered, such as floodlit cityscapes, lightning, sunsets, stage shows, and fireworks. Tips on taking advantage of the digital environment's ability to manipulate and enhance low-light images both during and after the photo shoot are offered and technical information on both cameras and the latest software is discussed.
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About the author

Peter Cope is the author of The Digital Photographer's Pocket Encyclopedia, Digital Photography Workbook, Into Your Digital Darkroom, Photoshop User's Encyclopedia, and Secrets of the Digital Darkroom.

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Publisher
Amherst Media
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Published on
Dec 1, 2005
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781608950805
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Techniques / Digital
Photography / Techniques / Lighting
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This content is DRM protected.
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The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography: 49 Photographic Principles You Need to Know teaches you how to shoot  compelling images at night and in low-light situations. Chapters are broken down into a series of numbered lessons, with each lesson providing what you need to improve your photography. In this book, which is divided into five chapters that include 49 photographic principles to help you create great images, photographer and author Alan Hess covers all the necessary gear and camera settings, as well as topics such as light painting, photographing the night sky, shooting great cityscapes, and post-processing techniques that will bring out the best in your photographs. Example lessons include:


• 7. Using Manual exposure mode is the best way to go

• 9. Focusing in low light

• 21. Mounts, clamps, and other ways to keep the camera stable

• 27. How high can you push the ISO?

• 33. Creating low-light portraits

• 37. How to get those starburst street lights 

• 46. Correcting the tones in your image


Written in a friendly and approachable manner and illustrated with examples that drive home each lesson, The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography is designed to be effective and efficient, friendly and fun. Read an entire chapter at once, or read just one topic at a time. With either approach, you’ll quickly learn a lot so you can head out with your camera to capture great shots.

Photography can be an expensive hobby but it need not be as, these days, there is a wide range of free and low cost applications and software packages that offer sophisticated tools and techniques to help the amateur photographer to produce great photos. Using Free Image Manipulation Software explores the world of free (and almost free) image manipulation software and apps and provides guidance on how the software can help you to manipulate and enhance your photographs. This PhotoActive title also provides advice on free workflow software that can help you to process and store your images. The book covers software to use with digital cameras as well as apps for your smartphone or tablet, including, for example: Gimp, iPhoto, Picasa and Windows Media Centre for image manipulation, apps such as PureShot, Snapseed and Photogene4, and LightZone and DarkTable for image workflow. As well as considering what is on offer, Peter Cope examines what the software can and can’t do when it comes to techniques like: - Converting colour images to black and white; - Cropping, colour and composition; - Removing red eye, adjusting for contrast and lighting, sharpening; - Major manipulations and creative transformations. Peter Cope has written many books that help beginners and amateur photographers develop skills and learn techniques to take their images from good to great. In this book he provides the same practical advice, helpful tips and useful shortcuts so that you can make the most of the free software that is available. With lots of photos and screen shots that demonstrate what you can achieve with the different software packages, Using Free Image Manipulation Software is an invaluable guide to developing your image manipulation skills in a cost-effective manner. So save your cash and start with what you can download for free – you will be amazed at what you can achieve with your photos.
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