Revised in 2018, my interactive ebook describes
The 550-page multi-touch ebook includes ...
You’ll learn ...
What’s in the book ...
The digital revolution and how DSLRs make shooting the “world at night” possible; Plus the steps to learning how to take great images and time-lapse movies
Chapter 1: Choosing and Using Gear
Choosing a camera; Setting a camera for exposure, file type, noise reduction, focus, and other menu functions; Choosing lenses, Choosing intervalometers
Chapter 2: Twilight Time
Shooting still images of sunsets, twilights, conjunctions, moonrises, and twilight panoramas
Chapter 3: Auroras
When and where to see auroras (Northern and Southern Lights); How to set your camera
Chapter 4: Other Amazing Sky Effects
Shooting haloes and rainbows, lightning, satellites, noctilucent clouds, meteor showers, comets
Chapter 5: Moonlit Nightscapes
How to set your camera; Choosing the right moon phase; Where will the Moon be?; How to plan a shoot; Shooting eclipses
Chapter 6: Milky Way Nightscapes
Choosing your location; Setting your camera; How to plan a shoot (where is the Milky Way?); Shooting down under; Shooting Milky Way panoramas; Tracking the sky
Chapter 7: Stitching, Stacking and Tracking
How to shoot HDR composites, star trails, panoramas, and tracked images
Chapter 8: Reducing Noise
Best practices for shooting dark frames and multiple images for stacking
Chapter 9: Processing Still Images – Basics
Importing; Developing in Adobe Camera Raw; Processing in Photoshop; Using Lightroom, Using DxO and ON1 Photo RAW
Chapter 10: Processing Still Images – Advanced
Stacking for star trails; Subtracting dark frames; Stacking HDRs, Stacking composites; Stitching panoramas, Using Affinity Photo
Chapter 11: Taking Time-Lapses
Best practices for intervals and frame count; How to calculate a shoot
Chapter 12: Advanced Camera Control
Advanced intervalometers for time-lapses; How to use Pan, Tilt, and Dolly motion control systems (Radian, SYRP Genie, eMotimo, Dynamic Perception, Rhino EVO); How to plan a motion control shoot
Chapter 13: How to Shoot Holy Grails
Shooting “Holy Grail” day-to-night transitions; Avoiding flickering; How to “bulb ramp”; Three methods for shooting day-to-night transitions
Chapter 14: Avoiding Common Problems
What can for wrong: Equipment issues (things you can control); Environment issues (things you can’t); Tips and checklists for use in the field
Chapter 15: Processing Time-Lapse Movies - Basic
The basic Photoshop workflow: Import; Process in ACR; Exporting frames; Assembling movies (the many options); A Lightroom workflow
Chapter 16: Processing Time-Lapse Movies – Advanced
Using Adobe After Effects; Using LRTimelapse; Processing Holy Grail transitions and deflickering; Creating Ken Burns moves using Panolapse, Using Advanced Stacker Actions for star trail effects
Chapter 17: The Final Cut
Editing your movie; Sources of legally usable music; Archiving and exhibiting
Chapter 18: The Time-Lapse Lifestyle
The passion and dedication required; Are you ready?
Appendix: Learning More and Being Inspired
Where to learn more on the web and other recommended ebooks
First Edition November 2014
Second Edition December 2016
Third Edition June 2018
Currently available ONLY for Apple Mac, iPad & iPhone through iBooks.
1 gigabyte download
Buy at Apple's iBookstore
What's New in the 2018 Edition
• 50 more pages added on topics such as memory cards and exposure blending
• All image processing tutorials updated with 2018 software
• New tutorials added for ON1 Photo RAW, Affinity Photo, and DxO PhotoLab
• Information on Sony mirrorless cameras added
• Reviews of equipment introduced since 2016
What Readers are Saying
"Highly recommended reading: Canadian astrophotographer legend Alan Dyer has released his new interactive book. Alan's book is more or less the complete *new Standard Reference* for time-lapse and night-sky imaging. 400 pages of meticulously crafted and collected information, tutorials, tips, videos, how-to's, and tricks about what we nightscape photographers love to do, and how we do it, and how we could do it differently. Every single dollar on this book is well spent."
— Christoph Malin, world renowned time-lapse photographer (christophmalin.com)
"I was impressed by the depth of content, the clarity of explanation, the utility of this book for both novices and experts, clear and engaging writing, and high publication quality. Alan also employed an advanced digital publishing platform to achieve a high level of interactivity."
— Michael Zeiler (GreatAmericanEclipse.com)
What Readers are Saying on iTunes (worldwide)
"An unbelievably comprehensive yet concise presentation of everything one needs to know .... A real tour de force and practical reference."
"Alan has created a critical resource for both new photographers and experienced folks looking to improve their craft. In this book, he lays out a clear and structured workflow ... Most importantly, he does an incredible job of using text, photos, and videos to actually show you what to do during your shoot. This is a great book."
"This book is an 'absolute must' for anyone interested in astronomy and photography and who wants to combine the two."
"The book is incredibly well put together and visually stunning. Great work!"
"This e-book is simply amazing! Everything you need to get started in time-lapse photography and night sky captures is presented in this book. From hardware to software, it's all covered. Alan Dyer got it right!"
"Everything from learning the night sky, gear requirements, shoot planning to post processing and more is included in comprehensive detail often with video clips to demonstrate the subject material. It is a must have resource for anyone doing nightscapes and time lapse photography."
"This is quite a piece of work. If you are interested in time lapse, this covers everything. What an amazing resource. Thanks Mr Dyer for this piece of work!!"
"In this book [Alan] details step by step how anyone can achieve the same stunning results with tips, detailed chapters and impressive embedded videos which you simply cannot do in a conventional print book."
"Great book which reflects all aspects of still and time lapse at night. The most complete summary of techniques, equipment, examples and references. Thank you Alan for your personal help!"
What Reviewers are Saying
"Alan’s book will give you all the basics you need to succeed. He is a master at simplifying complex subjects and giving enough information to succeed without overwhelming." — Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (April 2015)
"Before you go out and buy that spare battery for your DSLR do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy of this e-book. It is the best photographic treat I’ve had in a long time." — SkyNews magazine (May-June 2015)
"This has to be the most comprehensive, most beautiful and most intuitive night-photography training on the market." — Extraordinary Vision magazine, Issue #29 (June 2015, available for free in the iTunes and GooglePlay stores) (Watch the video review here)
"... a comprehensive introduction to the art and craft of nightscape imaging." — CosmicPursuits.com (listen to the audio interview here)