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, resulting in unsatisfying images. Lack of understanding and inappropriate techniques often ruin the dramatic potential of nighttime images.
In this book you will learn to overcome these and other obstacles. You will go beyond the many “how-tos” of capturing digital images at night to the “why-tos” 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.
Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler is a writer, photographer, and educator. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Purdue University in 2000 with a major in Interdisciplinary Film Studies and minors in Photography, English, and Math. She went on to pursue a MFA in Photography from Brooks Institute, graduating in 2009.
Her MFA culminating project, “American Narcissism”, was a visual and verbal examination of modern American attitudes. She has written articles regarding photographers, digital fine art theory, and fine art education for publications such as Rangefinder, Digital Photo Pro, Photographers Forum, and the Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA) Journal.
From dramatic panoramic sequences to evocative toy-like images, Philipp Scholz Rittermann's work spans the visual spectrum. He uses urban, industrial, and natural landscapes as canvases to explore recurring themes in his surroundings.
The depiction of the passage of time has been an enduring theme in Rittermann's work, beginning with his nocturnal images of urban landscapes from the early eighties. He continues this theme in his latest panoramic sequences, which offer views so wide they extend beyond what we can physically see with our own eyes. Through his images, we see beyond our senses.
Rittermann sometimes renders the ominous as serene and vice versa. He awakens our sense of discovery by bringing us images of uncelebrated subjects. These often convey a sense of familiarity, inviting communion with the viewer. The meeting with the subject becomes a private, intimate occasion.
Rittermann began photographing in Hannover, Germany, where he co-founded a photography gallery and taught photography. He has lived in the U.S. for more than two decades, and his work is featured in over a hundred public, private, and corporate collections ranging from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris.
Featured nationally and internationally in more than forty solo and over fifty group exhibitions, he frequently gives lectures and workshops. His work has been published in numerous books and magazines. In conjunction with a mid-career retrospective, the Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego published a monograph of his work titled Navigating by Light.