Night Photography & Light Painting

Tips, tricks and secrets to improve your night photography

by Brent Pearson

Night Photography & Light Painting eBook
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Foreword from the author 5
A Logical Progression 7
The Buzz of Light Painting 9
The Different Types of Lightpainting 10
A Photographer Who Does Some Beautiful Light Painting 11
Security 12
   
Part 1 - Night Photography 13
The Camera 14
Tripod 14
Cable release 14
Torch 15
Spare Camera Battery 16
Accessories 16
What You Need to Know 17
Familiarity with your camera 17
Turning Off Long Exposure Noise Reduction 18
F-stops and understanding exposure 19
How to read your camera histogram 20
The Challenges of Night Photography 22
Challenge # 1 – Navigating in the dark 22
Challenge # 2 - Composing your shot 23
Challenge # 3 – Focusing 23
Challenge # 4 - Calculating your Exposure 23
Calculating your exposure at night 24
Noise and Night Photography 24
Estimating Exposure Method # 1 – High ISO test shots 25
Estimating Night Exposures Method # 2 – Pocket Chart 27
Planning Night Shoots 28
Understanding the ambient light 28
Determining sunrise and sunset times 28
Ideal time to photograph at night 31
Different Types of Night Photography 32
Photographing Lights 32
Photographing Landscapes 33
Startrails 35
Software for Post Processing Startrails 36
Processing Your Night Images 37
   
Part 2: Light Painting 38
Equipment 40
Light sources 41
My Journey of Experimentation 41
Building a light wand 49
What you need to buy 49
Assembling the Light Wand 51
Other lighting Sources 55
Light Painting techniques 57
Light Painting Method # 1: All-in-camera 57
Light Painting Method # 2: Isolate-and-blend 58
Light Painting Step-by-step 60
Setting up 60
The base exposure 62
Selective lighting 62
Light painting techniques 62
Example 1: Middle Head Bunker 66
Example 2: Malabar Head Bunker 70
Post Processing 74
RAW conversion 74
Noise Reduction 74
Creating your composite image 75
Finishing Up 84
   
Getting Help 85
Final Words 86