Night Photography and Light Painting- Finding Your Way In The Dark,  the revised and expanded edition

This book contains the most accurate and up to date information on digital night photography, camera settings, and exposure guidelines, astro-landscape, and Milky Way photography, photographing by moonlight, image stacking for long star trails, light painting, and light drawing. Unique to this book is the opening chapter which explores the history of Light Painting.

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Chapter 1: The History of Light Painting- From Flash powder to Flashlights

Chapter 2: Night Photography Equipment

Chapter 3: The Basics of Night Photography

Chapter 4: Key Camera Settings and Exposure for Optimal Image Quality

Chapter 5: Astro-Landscape Photography

Chapter 6: Long Exposures in Natural Light- Moonlight and Star Trails

Chapter 7: Post Processing for Night Photography

Chapter 8: Painting With Light- Lighting the Subject

Chapter 9: Drawing With Light- The Subject is Light

Praise for Night Photography-Finding Your Way In The Dark:

An extremely valuable resource for learning night photography techniques

I am a dedicated night photographer and photography workshop instructor who has written extensively on the topic of night photography. I own or have read most books published on night shooting, and at long last there is a book I can recommend wholeheartedly — Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark by Lance Keimig. Night photography: Finding your way in the dark is highly recommended. Congratulations to Lance Keimig, Scott Martin, and the other expert contributors for a job well done.

Joe Reifer, Berkeley, CA

Night photographers, here is your bible!

Consider this the “New Testament” of the excellent first edition. Neither of these books are necessarily aimed at the beginner, but will definitely take the experienced photographer’s work to the next level. It is the fine-tuning of the details that separates a great night photograph from a good one, and this book is all about the details. From choosing the right gear to studying the movements of the night sky to post processing techniques, no stone is left unturned. Also included are many example photographs from contemporary night photographers showing the many directions night photography can take and how it is limited only by one’s imagination.

InfraredMan, Portland OR (from Amazon)

Comprehensive, well-written, and thoroughly enjoyable book

Well-written and informative, a worthy second edition that seems largely re-written. The history of night photography is still there, and still absolutely fascinating. The book covers astro-landscape, long exposures in moonlight, star trails, light painting, light drawing, and post-processing for night photography with an emphasis on Lightroom, although the tips for post-processing can obviously be done in Photoshop or other programs as well. Lance also includes other photographers and their images, their personalities and approaches adding to the book’s vibrancy overall. The book, even more than the first edition, offers a comprehensive look at the many facets of night photography, managing to cover it in one book. And yes, of course, the photos are mesmerizing, beautiful, fascinating, and gorgeously executed. It includes lots of scenarios and technical information about night photography. And that’s what we want, isn’t it?

Ken C. Lee (from Amazon)

At Last

The Night Photography community has waited a long time for a book like this. With exemplary research, concise language, and practical examples, Lance Keimig has painted a fascinating picture of the why – as well as the what, where, and how – of Night Photography. As a keen observer of the explosive development of the genre over the last three decades, it’s a pleasure to find an author dealing seriously with all the elements that make for great nocturnal imagery – not just issues involving gear, software, lighting, and technique; but including what it means to actually photograph at night, to “capture” (currently, a popular photographic term) its essence, and to understand what motivates people to engage in such activity. The book is anchored by the author’s detailed understanding of current NPy praxis, recent film antecedents, and Night Photography’s roots – at the advent of photography, over 150 years ago. This text should definitely find its place on your bookshelf, nestled in between monographs by your favorite Night Photographers.

-Tim Baskerville, Director, The Nocturnes

The best book on night photography yet.

This book has both the technical detail required to make good night photos and reveals the deep love that the author has for the process. So many technical books offer good instruction but lack heart and soul, not Night Photography. The author’s passion for the subject is evident on every page. The writing is top notch and most of the technical aspects of the subject are well detailed.

-Michael McKee, Port Townsend, WA  (from Amazon)

One of The Best Photography Books I’ve Read

I was skeptical going into reading this book: I expected lots of examples and then some tips now and then that would only be applicable to night photography. But this book is just the opposite – examples with a LOT of very good, well written, and inspirational information. In all, this is an excellent book, very well written, full of details and technique, and with a dose of great inspiration.

-Talvi, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer