Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses is your all-in-one guide to making spectacular, multi-image nightscapes and time-lapses. Covering everything from conceptualization and planning to post-processing, this book features innovative cookbook-style "recipes" for each composite nightscape and time-lapse project.
Beginning with a review of the key fundamentals of astronomy and photography, author Mike Shaw covers the latest methods for planning your night shooting sessions and how to set up your gear to get the best constituent images. The book precisely details how to combine images into 12 different varieties of state-of-the-art nightscape trophies, each impossible to capture in a single image, before demonstrating how to create stunning level and ramp time-lapses that transition fluidly from day to night.
Each nightscape and time-lapse project category includes specific tips for (i) acquiring the constituent images; (ii) assembling them into the composite image or time-lapse; (iii) overcoming common obstacles and (iv) finding the best subjects. Providing examples of how to apply these techniques in the field through four detailed case studies, including one, three-night immersive retreat, this book is the comprehensive guide to creating creative nightscapes and time-lapses.
Mike Shaw is a professional photographer and author who leads workshops around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University, and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Shaw is a former physics and astronomy professor who has taught thousands of students. He also conducts educational workshops for the public, including astronomy and astrophotography outreach seminars for the U.S. National Park Service. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography (2017) and the co-author of Integrated Science: New Approaches to Education (2009).
Foreword by Bryan F. Peterson Preface Acknowledgements Section I. What Are Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses? Chapter 1 Introduction and Artistic Philosophy Section II. Single-Image Acquisition for Nightscapes and Time-Lapses Chapter 2 Night Sky Fundamentals for Nightscapes Chapter 3 Single-Image Photography Necessities for Nightscapes Chapter 4 Planning Your Shot(s) Chapter 5 Resources & Apps for Nightscapes Chapter 6 Equipment for Multi-Image Nightscapes and Time-Lapses Chapter 7 Daytime Field Scouting and Camera Technique Chapter 8 Common Obstacles and Solutions Section III. Creative Nightscape Image Processing & Applications Chapter 9 Lightroom Fundamentals for Creative Nightscapes Chapter 10 Photoshop Basics for Creative Nightscapes Chapter 11 Basic Two-Image Blending - The Fundamental Process Chapter 12 Composite Star Trail Images Chapter 13 Sun and Moon Composites Chapter 14 Meteor Shower Composites Chapter 15 High Dynamic Range (HDR) Composites Chapter 16 Panoramas: Milky Way, Aurora and More Chapter 17 360 Degrees Panoramas and Virtual Reality Animations Chapter 18 Light Painted Composites Chapter 19 Composite Light Drawing Nightscapes Section IV. Creative Nightscape Time-Lapse Video Processing Chapter 20 Level Nightscape Time-Lapse Assembly Chapter 21 Holy Grail Time-Lapses Chapter 22 Including Motion in Your Nightscape Time-Lapses Chapter 23 Final Production of Your Nightscape Time-Lapse Section V. Detailed Case Studies Chapter 24 Four Case Studies Section VI. Conclusions Index