The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography

50 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

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Alan Hess


136 pages


8.5 x 8.5in


Soft Cover - with flaps





  • 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: whats 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. Its 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

2 reviews for The Enthusiast’s Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography

  1. (verified owner)

    I found this guide to be enjoyable to read, full of detailed information presented in an easy to follow manner. The book begins with the basics, recommended equipment, and how to get correct settings for color and exposure. He then describes how to photograph in specific situations such as portraits, low-light scenery, astrophotography, fireworks, and painting with light. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. He concludes the book with a section on post-processing using Photoshop.

    The book does not require reading from cover to cover. He presents examples of situations that you can just jump to in the specific topic chapter.
    The only minor negative I had is that the text is very Nikon-centric, mentioning mainly Nikon gear and containing only pictures of Nikon menus.

    Overall, this book contains enough detail and with clear explanations on how to be successful with low-night photography. Highly recommended.

  2. (verified owner)

    What I really like about this book is that it gives you a clear understanding of what you need to k now system to follow . It doesn’t waffle and leave you wondering what you should be doing . Its also a very well organised book allowing you to use it as a reference book for specific issues etc. A lot of thought went into this .

    The book will not only give you confidence to take on low light photography with the knowledge that you will acquire easily but will also give you the confidence to attempt it without frustration. It will enthuse you.

    A great book from a really good author .

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