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Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Night and Low-Light Photography Overview 2 Shooting Challenges 4 Light 8 What Gear Is Important 10 Choosing Your Subjects 15 Chapter 2 All About Light and Exposure 20 Direction and Intensity of Light 22 Measuring the Available Light 25 Exposure Settings 27 Equivalent Exposures 34 Multiple Exposures 36 The Color of Light 40 Chapter 3 What Gear Is Important 46 Understanding the Camera s Capabilities and Limitations 49 Lenses 51 Flash Units 58 Tripods 61 Monopods 64 Shutter Releases and Remotes 65 Timers 66 Chapter 4 People and Places Indoors 70 Photographing People Indoors 72 Building Interiors 84 chapter 5 Weddings, Concerts, and Other Events 94 Weddings 96 Photographing Concerts and Events 108 At the Fair 120 Chapter 6 Shooting Sports 128 Sports Venue Lighting 130 Freezing the Action 133 Know the Sport 136 Chapter 7 The Nighttime Sky 140 Sunrise and Sunset 142 Shoot the Moon 147 Time-lapse Photography 152 Star Trails 158 Photographing Fireworks 163 chapter 8 City Lights 170 Street Scenes 172 Light Trails 176 Neon 181 Cityscapes 186 Chapter 9 Light Painting 192 Light Painting Basics 194 Lighting Tools 197 Painting with Light 202 Abstract Images 209 Chapter 10 Low-Light Landscapes 214 Photographing Landscapes in Low Light 217 Long Exposures 223 Chapter 11 Digital Postproduction 232 Software Options 234 File Types 235 Noise Reduction 238 Adjusting the White Balance 246 Adjusting for Color and Exposure 252 Glossary 262 Index 270

About the Author

Alen Hess is a professional event and concert photographer whose subjects have included Billy Idol, The Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Robin Williams, and many more. He is also the author of Exposure Digital Field Guide and the Composition Digital Field Guide as well as iPad Fully Loaded , all published by Wiley.

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