The Complete Guide to Night & Low Light Digital Photography [BOOK REVIEW]

The Complete Guide to Night & Low Light Digital Photography [BOOK REVIEW]

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The Complete Guide to Night & Low Light Digital Photography.jpgThe Complete Guide to Night & Low Light Digital Photography

Subject aside, this has to be arguably the best-written, best-constructed manual on the delicate art of digital photography I have ever seen.

On the face of it, the manual sets out to be a tome of tuition on the tricky techniques required to shoot at night and in low light. And it achieves that aim.

Author Michael Freeman not only tells you how to do it, but why you do it in the manner he suggests — along with the technological reasons behind his approach. Talk about thorough!

An example: in explaining the effect of sensor blooming of highlights in city shots, Freeman points out that the artifact occurs because the photo sites on the CCD fill up the adjacent wells. To fix the problem he suggests various cures, including the use of Photoshop’s RAW converter and its Defringer function.

And more: when the light is low and a slow shutter speed is engaged, attention must be paid to the tricky balance between the subject’s distance from the lens, its speed and angle of approach plus the lens’ focal length, aperture and final image size required. Into this mix is introduced the challenges of hand-holding the camera plus techniques to minimize camera shake. Follow Freeman’s advice and you should improve your action photography.

A detailed explanation of the various camera stabilizing systems will come in handy, even before you lay down the plastic to acquire your first DSLR. The relative merits of Canon and Nikon’s lens stabilizing approach are compared to the sensor-shifting methods employed by Sony and others.

There’s much more, including a long list of custom applications that will minimize or even cure the effects of movement. Then, to round out the message, there is a no-nonsense inspection of High Dynamic Range techniques … if you haven’t immersed yourself in HDR methods you haven’t yet faced a real challenge!

As I said, one of the best ‘how-to’ books on the market and useful to experts and novices in the digital imaging businesses.

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

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  • Amanda Nicholes March 27, 2009 09:25 am

    Looks like a great book to have in your collection! I would love to see a book on fast action and low light photography. Such as, a book on Rodeo Photography. I speclize in rodeo photography and am always looking for ways to improve! Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

  • Sarah March 26, 2009 04:19 am

    Thank you for this information. I am hoping I can find that book at the library? I could use some serious help with low light situations and how to 'tune in' my camera. I'm so new to photography. I love to take photos, but I am coming from a point an shoot (with a lot of bells and whistles) to an older Canon EOS Rebel, lol. It's been quite the adjustment! Let me tell you! :D
    I have issue with all of my photos being blurry whether just a little or a LOT, especially when I'm trying to keep the ISO low. (which is what you strive for right?)

    I need to surf around this site some more. ;) Thanks again for some great information!

  • Rusty Sterling March 24, 2009 02:30 am

    I was at Barnes & Noble this last weekend and if I hadn't had some specific books in mind I'd have bought this one too. I leafed through it and found it fascinating. It certainly is on my list for the future.

  • Darren Rowse March 23, 2009 07:26 am

    Fin - yes I agree, Freeman writes some great books. Just ordered this one :-)

  • Steve March 23, 2009 05:44 am

    Looks like a book I might need to read. I like trying all kinds of stuff in low light plus I tend to be a night owl so light will be low.

  • Zach March 23, 2009 01:41 am

    HDR? Really?

    Every time I see an HDR image that people are raving about, it just looks a bit silly to me. I think it's just a passing fad.

  • Fin C March 22, 2009 09:30 am

    "Follow Freeman!" Sorry, I couldn't help a geeky reference! Looks like a good book, I like Michael Freeman's other books, his writing style is very accessible.