Things change, especially in the world of photography. In night photography, things have changed a lot in the five years since the release of my book, Fun in the Dark: A Guide to Successful Night Photography. That is why I have completely updated Fun in the Dark with the newest information about techniques, equipment, planning considerations, post-processing software and more as of mid-2020. I’ve also added sections, including photographing the Northern and Southern Lights.
For example, did you know that some cameras are ISO invariant? Maybe you’re not familiar with what ISO invariance is. It means that you can shoot a night/dark image at a lower ISO than you would normally use (e.g., ISO 800 instead of ISO 6400) and adjust the exposure in post-processing to get a better quality image than if you had shot it at ISO 6400.
Did you know that the “500 Rule” is now the “400” Rule?
Bigger camera sensors have reduced the time it takes for star trailing to become noticeable in your photographs.
Did you know that astrophotography is much more accessible to photographers with just their camera and a tracking device?
There are many choices for star tracking devices out there, some very small and so easy to use. This really expands the possibilities for your night images.
So much is new in night photography, and interest in it has exploded in the past year. If you love night photography as much as I do, or are just getting started with it, take a look at the new edition of Fun in the Dark: A Guide to Successful Night Photography.
-Instructor: Beth Ruggiero-York