Digital Capture After Dark
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: January 2013
Pages: 192

The pitfalls of photographing at night are many. Autofocus and built-in light meters generally fail at night. Long exposures tend to make noisy or blurry photographs. Cameras set to automatic generally trigger the built-in flash in low light conditions, which results in unsatisfying images. Lack of understanding and inappropriate techniques often ruin the dramatic potential of nighttime images.

In Digital Capture After Dark you will learn to overcome these and other obstacles. You will go beyond the many “how-to’s” of capturing digital images at night to the “why-to’s” of long exposure photography; including the importance of how we think and see at night compared to during the day.

Also discussed are hands-on image editing techniques that will help you prepare your images for output. Detailed descriptions cover color balancing, expanding dynamic range, controlling flare, dealing with noise, converting to black-and-white, toning, and much more.

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    5.0

    Godo and useful book

    By mjais

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      Comments about oreilly Digital Capture After Dark:

      Photography at night has become very popular. Modern cameras with sensors that deliver great quality even at high ISO settings offer many new possibilities.

      But photography after dark is no piece of cake. If you are new to this a good book can be of great help. "Digital capture after dark" by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler and Philipp Scholz Rittermann is such a book.

      In this easy to read book the authors explains the basics of photographing at night incl. equipment like cameras, flash, etc and also how to use it to get properly exposed images. They also explain how to use tripods, cable releases, etc to get sharp pictures.

      The book has many great pictures, mostly if cities, people and landscapes at night. It does not cover photographing wildlife at night.
      Many of the tips in the book also apply to wildlife but if you are looking for a book that teaches wildlife photography at night (e.g. owls, nocturnal mammals, etc), I recommend you look somewhere else. This is not your book.

      The book also covers photography at dusk and dawn, how to photography movements, atmospheric conditions like fog and it has a chapter called "Light painting" which I particularly liked.

      The explanations are clear and easy to read and I have not found any bad advice (which I cannot say for every photography book!)

      Many pictures in the book are in black-and-white which is particularly suited to night photography. But fans of color photography won't be disappointed as there are also some very good color photography in the book and most things for black-and-white photography also apply to color photography (e.g. how to get sharp pictures).

      Overall I liked the booked, it was a nice introduction and also had ideas for people who have already been photographing for quite a while but may not yet have taken many shots at night.
      If you are already and advanced night photographer you probably won't get much out of this book but if you are new or have just started you will definitely learn something.

      Recommended for beginners and intermediate photographers who want to photograph people, cities or landscapes at night.

       
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      Low light photography explained

      By ChuckHajdu

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        Comments about oreilly Digital Capture After Dark:

        The authors do a good job of explaining the problems involved in taking low light digital photographs.

        I have a full review of this eBook book, which was provided for me by the O'Reilly blogger program, at:
        http://mccpubs.blogspot.com/2013/11/digital-capture-after-dark-review.html

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        4.0

        Really good boog

        By Fabio Alessandro Locati

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        Comments about oreilly Digital Capture After Dark:

        This book does cover one of the hardest topic that are present in digital photography. In fact, the photographies in the dark are the are the ones which are more frequently bad looking. The book provides with a big amount of techniques and tips covering equipment, the actual taking of the image, and post-production. A lot of these techniques and tips are easily found on photography specific magazines and articles, but a book grouping all these techniques is really good since it's an organic and easy to found and read collection. Also, unlike many articles, the book contains a lot of reasoning on the the techniques so it's not a mere how-to book. Despite usually the author does provide this kind of enhancements over the how-to techniques, this is not always true, and – I think – this should be corrected/improved in the next version of the book. Quintenz-Fiedler, the book author, is able to provide all the techniques and tips to became a really good "dark photographer" (I made up this name). This is really good if you consider that the book is only 192 pages long and full of pictures.
        I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who is approaching the nightly photography or to anyone who already knows some techniques and wants to improve her pictures quality.

        Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Program

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