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Four books about night photography

Night photography is tricky, and it's really challenging, it's highly technical and requires a lot of time to be mastered.

I started this hobby in 2014, and since then it became one of my main hobbies. I remember the first photo (shown below) I took at night, and it wasn't that good. Stars were out of focus and there was a lot of light in the foreground.

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Faraya Mzaar, Lebanon

I didn't have the habit of reading books so I started learning from my friends and soon I joined a community "The Night Collective" that revolves around night photography. 

The “Night Collective” is a group specialized in night photography. Since 2009, NC events have revolved around capturing the unseen beauty of the night, around Lebanon.

Soon enough, I was happy with my progress and I started to explore more. I started traveling in Lebanon and I kept going from one mountain to the other. 


In 2015, I did my first photography trip to Iceland, the land of ice and fire. The trip was amazing and I was shocked with the scenery. 


And so in May 2015 I started @Zenderfull and since then I kept learning and exploring every day and in 2016, I moved to Montreal. 


Moving to Montreal slowed down my learning process since I had no friends who share this hobby. So I started getting books that talk about night photography, and here they are listed. My favorite one is Night Photography and Light Painting by Lance Keimig.


Here's one of my latest photos shot in Hawaii

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Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse, Hawaii


Night Photography and Light Painting

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.

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Astronomy's Limitless Journey

When observing the sky on a very clear, dark night, the soft glow of the Milky Way with its thousands of stars can be seen with the naked eye. Over the centuries since Galileo Galilei first pointed a telescope at the galaxy in 1609, this awe-inspiring yet easily visible panorama was our cosmos, our celestial world. With each new scientific discovery, however, this cosmos has grown dramatically, increasing rapidly over the last several decades. As we look deeper into space, the earlier phases of the cosmos are unveiled to us, but we know that even with the largest telescopes, we will see only a tiny fraction of the vast expanse of the Universe. In Astronomy's Limitless Journey, astrophysicist Gunther Hasinger takes the reader on a journey to the far reaches of the Universe-an exciting time travel that begins with the incredibly hot fireball of the Big Bang roughly 13.8 billion years ago and ends in distant aeons with its cold, dark demise. In between lie the times in which extensive structures, galaxies, stars, and planets form. As the field of astrophysics and cosmology experiences a "golden age" due to larger telescopes, faster computers, and more sophisticated algorithms, fundamental changes are taking place in our understanding of space and time and of the origin and future of our Universe. Hasinger thoroughly explains these fascinating revelations and describes the methods utilized in modern astrophysics. He cautions, however, that the boundaries between knowledge and ignorance shift constantly; where our knowledge is so incomplete such that we can only speculate, the journey becomes shaky. Indeed, every new discovery opens a further door to the unknown and with every answered question, we discover more locked doors still to be opened.

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Nightwatch

This is the fifth edition of this established introduction to astronomy, but the first edition with UK specific content. With more than 275,000 copies in print since its initial publication, Nightwatch has become the standard reference guide to stargazers around the world. Terence Dickinson covers all the problems beginners face, starting with the fact that the night sky does not look the way a modern-city dweller expects. He discusses light pollution, how to choose binoculars and telescopes, how to pronouce the names of stars and constellations, telescope mounts, averted vision and why the Harvest Moon looks especially bright. Most of the photographs are taken by amatuers, which gives the section on astrophotography a particularly inspirational gleam. The deep-sky star charts are incredibly comprehensive and all the tables of dates and times of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations have been updated through to the year 2018. 'One of the best handbooks for the wannabe astronomer'. Dr. Tim O'Brien, senior lecturer in astrophysics at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

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Astrophotography, and night photography based in Montréal, Canada www.zenderfull.com