I was recently provided an eBook version of Grant Collier’s Guide to Night Photography to review on my blog. I was very impressed by the amount of detail that Collier covered in the book and the photos were top-notch. Just about everything you need to know about the genre is covered in the book incl. which lenses work best for certain situations (ex: the Rokinon 14mm is an affordable, quality wide angle that works on most camera systems. Drawbacks are that it is an entirely manual lens.).
The book also covers modern digital post-processing techniques such as exposure-blending and focus stacking. Those are just two methods for certain situations. Many of the images in the book were also single exposure photos and Collier explained why he would use a technique in certain situations. It wasn’t just technique for technique’s sake but to solve actual issues like minimizing noise for large prints, or the rule of 500 to estimate how long a shutter speed should be to ensure the stars don’t start to streak across the image.
Night photography is not really my area of focus though I’ve done it on a few occasions mainly through trial and error. The next time I plan a trip somewhere conducive to night photography then I’ll be sure to brush up on my technique by reading Grant Collier’s Guide to Night Photography. I highly recommend this book!