Improve Your Night Photography (Improve Your Photography)

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Improve Your Night Photography (Improve Your Photography)

Skilled night photographers can leave any shoot knowing they captured the scene in perfect focus and low noise, but beginning photographers often leave night shoots frustrated. After teaching dozens of photographers how to shoot at night, the author compiled this book to explain the most important tips for night photographers.

Topics discussed in this book include: how to achieve low noise at night, how to shoot stars and star trails, shooting HDR images at night, practical tips for

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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Learn how breaking photographic rules can result in stunning black-and-white photosBlack-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography as well as when and how to break them. He breaks through the complexity of this photographic medium, explores opportunities for black-and-white

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6 Responses to “Improve Your Night Photography (Improve Your Photography)”
  1. M. L. Smith says:
    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Seems rushed…, June 1, 2011
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    M. L. Smith
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    This book was okay. I expected more.
    The info itself is decent, but the book seems as though it was not edited very well. There are numerous errors, typos, bad references, etc. An example of some of the weird things:

    On the second last page of the book the author talks about haloing and that it can be ‘mitigated by reducing the threshold setting (discussed in a later chapter).” But there is no later chapter – it’s the second last page of the book.

    In the fireworks chapter the author states in tip #9 that you have to “use a slower shutter speed or you have way too much light.” What? A slower shutter speed lets more light hit the sensor. A faster shutter speed would reduce light, not a slower one. The advice from the author is the exact opposite of what it should be.

    These are just a couple of examples of things that should have been caught by the editor. The book itself has some good info, but it’s hard to overlook the errors that should not be in a publication like this.

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  2. mikhalych says:
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Short and not edited at all, October 20, 2011
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    The size of the book is more like a large article than a real book. There is no table of content, glossary, index or anything which we usually attribute to a technical manuscript. In Kindle edition navigation by chapters is impossible, so it’s impossible to find and re-read anything. There are a couple of duplicated paragraphs – one at the middle of a chapter, another at the end. Sorry, I can’t find them to quote, because there is no way to jump from chapter to chapter. There is even a forward reference to a chapter that fails to materialize. I guess it got moved to another book.

    As far as content goes it’s pretty trivial. Usually the whole bag of tricks described in this book is placed as a chapter pertaining to a low light digital photography in more serious works.

    I strongly recommend not to bother with this one and find something substantial instead.

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  3. prreid says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Practical and useful, February 13, 2011
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    prreid

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    Mr. Harmer has the knack of targeting his reading audience with missle-like accuracy. His clear and easily understood writing style aims at helping you understand what to do and how to do it with a book-size allows you to get through it in one sitting.

    Phil.

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  4. V. Gulati says:
    48 of 48 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book! Lots of Digital B/W techniques! Great for Beginners!, May 31, 2010
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    V. Gulati
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    I love this book!

    Since the advent of digital, B/W has become a “choice” rather than a limitation. As a result a lot of creative thought has to go into making great B/W photographs.

    As a beginner in this area of photography (especially in digital post-processing), I found this book was perfect in two aspects.

    First, Harold Davis has a great way of explaining the intricacies of this art-form. It is easy to understand and follow things like
    a) why would a particular picture be best converted to b/w
    b) why would a particular composition work best in b/w
    c) what are the various types of b/w compositions and which one would work best for a given object/person to be photographed etc
    d) how to do HDR in B/W via multi-raw processing

    It is a sign of a great master of an art that (s)he can convey his/her knowledge in a simple and easy to understand way. Harold accomplishes this in the book.

    The second great aspect of the book are the photoshop steps. For a photoshop newbie like me, this book is a godsend as far as digital b/w is concerned.

    Overall, I highly recommend the book for anyone who wants to start their journey in, or enhance their understanding of Digital B/W.

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  5. Jack H. Tasoff says:
    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful:
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    Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston Made Digital, May 10, 2010
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    Jack H. Tasoff (San Pedro, CA) –
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    If you know beauty of the great black and white photographers of the twentieth century, Mr. Davis has for the first time made their vision available to the digital photographers of the twenty-first. As Weston said, “The camera should be used for … rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.” As color photography is representational, black and white is “as it is.” Mr. Davis knows the difference and explains how their vision might be yours.

    Digital photography has always suffered in the realm of black and white. The most sophisticated digital sensors do not have the dynamic range of the photographic print. That is, the sensors are unable to detect at the same time the whitest of whites, the blackest of blacks, and the grays between. The classical photographers could tease out those variations with experimental photographic papers, homemade concoctions of chemicals, and innovative lab techniques. Only recently has digital post-processing equaled those same results.

    In this seminal work, Mr. Davis explains, in a step-by-step, fully illustrated, style how the photographer with basic knowledge of post-processing programs is capable of obtaining those results. From ACR or Lightroom or Photoshop or specialized programs the perfection of the black and white image is explained. From simple procedures to the most sophisticated.

    As the cherry on top, Mr. Davis finishes with specialized techniques such as high-key, low-key, toning, duotoning, solarization, and much more.

    Black and white photography, as in those famous words, “try it, you’ll like it.”

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  6. Bradford Kissell says:
    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
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    A primer on creative black and white – from conception to completion, June 4, 2010
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    Bradford Kissell (Eden Prairie, MN USA) –

    If you’ve seen some of Harold’s long-exposure night images, you know the high level of expertise and creativity this West Coast photographer and educator brings to his work. This book is an extension of all that and a must-have for anyone with a serious interest in black and white digital photography. Beautifully illustrated, well-organized, and clearly presented, it allows the reader to follow a logical progression–from concept to creation to postproduction. I loved (and would even like to see more of) those examples where the reader is allowed to get inside the author’s head (and heart) as a scene or challenge presents itself. He talks about creating abstractions out of elements or combinations of commonplace items by seeing behind preconceptions and focusing on things like shape and texture. Technical aspects of shoots are carefully noted, along with step-by-step instructions on how to pull the most out of these images through Photoshop and other specialized software. While he pays his respects here and there to black and white masters such as Adams and Weston, the book is more for converts who have already been mesmerized by the range of tones and singular beauty of classic black and white. One thing I might have wanted to see is at least some discussion about digital printing. High-quality, affordable inkjet printers have made the printing process a key element of the creative process for any serious digital photographer. Paper choices alone can dramatically impact the look and overall feel of an image. But Harold no doubt has all of that on a back burner for another book, which I anxiously look forward to reading.

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