The Magic of Light Painting

Painting with light is magical. The flashlight is your brush and the scene is your canvas. Imagination and experimentation are your workflow. You control how long the beam strikes the subject, which angle it comes from, the color and softness of the light, and which part of the scene is illuminated. Few other forms of photography allow this level of creativity.

Whether you’re shooting starry landscapes or urban architecture, pro photographer Tim Cooper will help you create and capture high-quality light painting images. In this detailed step-by-step guide you will:

  • Understand how to focus and set your DSLR camera settings while working in the dark
  • Learn how to calculate ambient exposure, ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, and white balance
  • Discover light painting accessories and pro techniques for controlling the angle of light, intensity, beam width, and filtration
  • Extend your night vision by preparing and processing your images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, including blending multiple images

Night Photography And Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark


Lance Keimig, one of the premier experts on night photography, has put together a comprehensive reference that will show you ways to capture images you never thought possible. This new edition of Night Photography presents the practical techniques of shooting at night alongside theory and history, illustrated with clear, concise examples, and charts and stunning images. From urban night photography to photographing the landscape by starlight or moonlight, from painting your subject with light to creating a subject with light, this book provides a complete guide to digital night photography and light painting.

Photographing National Parks

by Chris Nicholson
From sea to shining sea, the national parks preserve some of the country’s most unique wilderness areas. Their existence is a gift to nature photographers everywhere.
In the pages of Photographing National Parks, Chris Nicholson delves into what each of the parks offer to the photographer, and how to best research and prepare for a trip to explore the artistic opportunities within. Learn how to travel safely and photograph in the various environments found in the park system, including desert, alpine, forest and coastline. Discover where to find valuable information about iconic and secret photo locations, how to stay powered up in the outdoors, and ideas for supplementary gear that will make a photo project more productive and enjoyable.

Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

by Gabriel Biderman and Tim Cooper
Are you a night owl looking to make stunning images of streetscapes, fireworks, or the night sky? Do you like to bend time with long exposure photography? Do star trails or lightning strikes inspire you? Then this book is for you!

In Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer Gabriel Biderman brings you the basics of digital night photography—exposure, composition, and light—and how to scout and capture different nocturnal locations once the sun goes down. Gabriel will help you understand the fundamentals and bring your unique artistic expression to any night situation. In this beautifully illustrated guide you will:

Focus in the dark and master basic composition rules—and know when to break them
Understand metering and switch to manual mode for more control over your exposure
Set white balance, understand color temperature, and add flash or slow sync
Explore color, light painting, and creative ways to play with light in your images
Learn what gear works best for your style of shooting and strategies for operating your equipment in the dark
Discover expert techniques for post-processing your nighttime images in Lightroom and Photoshop

Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time.

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