04.14.2012 Seeing the Unseen

Ama Dablam in the moonlight by Alister Benn.

I have always admired photographs of the night sky, but until a short time ago had not realized just what the night can look like in a well-crafted image.  I have never attempted this (still true as of this date) but will surely break in to this practice after having read Alister Benn’s well written and wonderfully illustrated new eBook “Seeing the Unseen“.

Alister has taken night photography to another level and has created a primer for all to follow.  His images can be other-worldly and just plain amazing and he has generously shared all his hard won techniques and researched information in the book.  There are charts explaining the moon’s affect on the Available Night Light, planning for the best opportunity based on the location of the moon and its phase, the adjustments to make to exposure once you obtain a base calculation using his high ISO technique and pretty much anything else one might need to accomplish the task including how to calculate the exposures for Star Trails.

Asturias, Spain by Alister Benn

Refreshingly unlike many other books that feel the need to explain how a camera and lenses work, Alister gets right down to business explaining the variety of light available during the night and from there covers every aspect of night photography technique and giving the reader all the tools to develop the needed skills as well as a boost to the creative vision.  In addition to all the book has to offer, Alister has also made available Seeing the Unseen forums for discussion, questions and help.

Seeing the Unseen” is highly recommended and has just been made available for Kindle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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6 Responses to 04.14.2012 Seeing the Unseen

  1. Interesting for sure steve, thank you for sharing. Will need to try this one day likewise again..however it’s noted, it also largely depends on what type of camera you own. So far, any dramatic night shots have been failures..

  2. grafphoto says:

    I am really intrigued by night photography, but in some ways, it seems you need quite a dramatic landscape to take advantage of it. I know that is a bit of an assumption on my part, and ultimately when I try it myself I may prove myself wrong. It does bring such a unique quality to the light. Sounds like I have just assigned myself a project to look into.

    • Thanks for commenting Mark. I agree…a good foreground is certainly an asset. But I’m sure you must have a few locales that will suit you. My biggest problem is each time I have an opportunity the sky hasn’t obliged…well, that’s my story. Getting out of the house in the dark is my biggest obstacle. Good luck with the new project.

  3. slnormanphotography says:

    I’m glad I came across this post and I hope that iPad has a version of this book. I’m interested in night photography but have not had much luck yet in capturing any photos worth posting. I’m also going to have to find a place away from the city lights…perhaps one of my favorite lakes on a clear night.

    • Hi Sharon. By now you must have found out the answer to your question, but just in case…yes, I believe Alister created a version for iPad. A lake on a clear night or a mountain pass would be great. I have the same problem here…way too much ambient light.

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