Review: Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark

Posted by Gary Ramey on May 21st, 2012

Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark is a amazing book that has many examples of fantastic night photographs as well as step-by-step instructions for how to get the same kind of results.

Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark


Night photographers have one big thing in common: a true love of the dark. Rather than looking at night photography as an extension of daytime shooting with added complications, they embrace the unique challenges of nocturnal photography for the tremendous wealth of creative opportunities it offers. That’s just what this book does. But if the idea of setting out into the deep, dark night with just your camera (and maybe a cup of coffee) gets your creative juices flowing, dive right in. Lance Keimig, one of the premier experts on night photography, has put together a comprehensive reference that will show you ways to capture images you never thought possible. If you have some experience with photography and have always wanted to try shooting at night, you’ll learn the basics for film or digital shooting. If you’re already a seasoned pro, you’ll learn to use sophisticated techniques such as light painting and drawing, stacking images to create long star trails, and more. A chapter on the history of night photography describes the materials and processes that made night photography possible, and introduces the photographers who have defined night photography as an artistic medium. A chapter on how to use popular software packages such as Lightroom and Photoshop specifically with night time shots shows you how to make the final adjustments to your nocturnal creations. In this book you’ll find history, theory, and lots of practical instruction on technique, all illustrated with clear, concise examples, diagrams and charts that reinforce the text, and inspiring color and black and white images from the author and other luminaries in the field, including Scott Martin, Dan Burkholder, Tom Paiva, Troy Paiva, Christian Waeber, Jens Warnecke and Cenci Goepel, with Foreword by Steve Harper.

Table of Contents

  1. The History of Night Photography
  2. Night Photography Equipment
  3. The Basics of Night Photography
  4. Film-Based Night Photography
  5. Digital Capture
  6. Night Photography Imaging Workflow
  7. High Dynamic Range Imaging
  8. Moonlight and Star Trails
  9. Light Painting

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  1. I’ve had Lance’s book 6-8 months and can’t give enough of an enthusiastic “must-have” recommendation to do it justice. It’s great you’ve posted a link to that vid. here – Finding Your Way is a fantastic book written in an accessible, easy-yet-covering-all-the-bases voice. Great site and shots here too, Gary! Cheers.

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