NightScapes and TimeLapses ebook - Alan Dyer
Milky Way Over the Icefields

Now available in two editions!

• Apple Books: Single 580-page Apple Book for Apple devices only

• PDF Edition: Two volumes, each 425 pages, for all devices.  Content of two PDFs together is the same as the Apple edition.


Sample eBook Pages

Chapter 0

Revised in August 2018, my ebook(s) describe ...

• How to shoot and process still image “nightscapes” — images of landscapes taken at night by the light of the Moon or stars … and …

• How to shoot and assemble time-lapse movies of the stars and Milky Way turning above Earthly scenes, all using DSLR and mirrorless cameras.


Both editions include ...

• 18 HD videos demonstrating time-lapse techniques.

• 50 multi-page tutorials with step-by-step instructions of how to use software: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop, Lightroom, LRTimelapse v5, Advanced Stacker Actions, StarStaX, PTGui, Sequence, GBTimelapse, and more.

• Numerous Photo 101 sections explaining the basic concepts of photography and video production (f-stops, ISOs, file types, aspect ratios, frame rates, compression, etc.).

• Numerous Astronomy 101 sections explaining the basics of how the sky works (how the sky moves, where the Moon can be found, when the Milky Way can be seen, when and where to see auroras).

• Reviews of gear — I don’t just mention that specialized gear exists, I illustrate in detail how to use popular units such as the Time-Lapse+ View bramper, the Star Adventurer Mini, Radian2, SYRP Genie Mini, eMotimo TB3, Dynamic Perception, Rhino, and Revolve motion control units, with comments on what’s good – and not so good – to use.


You’ll learn ...

• What are the best cameras and lenses to buy (cropped vs. full-frame, Canon vs. Nikon, DSLR vs. mirrorless; manual vs. automatic lenses, zooms vs. primes).

• How to set your cameras and lenses for maximum detail and minimum noise (following the mantra of “exposing to the right” and using dark frames).

• How to shoot auroras, conjunctions, satellites, comets, and meteor showers.

• How to shoot nightscapes lit only by moonlit, and how to determine where the Moon will be to plan a shoot.

• How to shoot and stitch panoramas of the night sky and Milky Way, using Photoshop, PTGui, and ICE software.

• How to shoot tracked long exposures of the Milky Way using camera trackers such as the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer and Mini.

• How to develop Raw files, the essential first step to great images and movies.

• How to process nightscape stills using a non-destructive workflow.

• How to blend multiple exposures, masking ground and sky, and using non-destructive adjustment layers and smart filters.

• How to shoot and stack star trail images made of hundreds of frames.

• How to assemble time-lapse movies from those same hundreds of frames.

• How to plan a time-lapse shoot and calculate the best balance of exposure time vs. frame count vs. length of shoot, and recommended apps to use.

• How to process hundreds of frames using Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, Photoshop, and Lightroom.

• And I now include new tutorials on Affinity Photo, ON1 Photo RAW, and DxO PhotoLab.

• How to shoot and process advanced “Holy Grail” time-lapse transitions from day to night.

• How to shoot motion-control sequences using specialized slider and pan/tilt devices.

• How to use time-lapse processing tools such as LRTimelapse v5, Panolapse, Sequence, TLDF, and Advanced Stacker Actions.

• What can go wrong and how best to avoid problems in the field.

• Advice on video editing and sources of royalty-free music.


Which edition to buy? Apple or PDFs?

The interactive "multi-touch" Apple Books Edition has:

• Easier navigation through the contents.

• Embedded videos do not require an internet connection.

• Processing tutorials are in interactive galleries.

• Most images can be tapped to zoom to full screen.

• Includes an extensive and interactive Glossary.

• But it is viewable only on Apple devices (desktop or mobile) using free Apple Books app — the book is designed for an iPad. 

PDF Edition — By comparison ...

Together, the content of the two PDF volumes is the same as the single-volume Apple Edition.

• The PDFs are viewable on any device (desktop or mobile) with a PDF reader app — but they are best viewed on a tablet with a high-res HiDPI or Retina screen.

• PDFs have hyperlinks to websites and exclusive videos on Vimeo viewable with an internet connection.

• However, hyperlinks might not work on all PDF reader apps.

• I recommend Adobe Acrobat, Kdan PDF Reader, or Kobo ebook reader.

• Processing tutorials are spread over standard "flat" pages.


Apple Books Edition

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What’s in the single-volume 580-page Apple Books edition ...


Getting Started

• 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 • 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 

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

• Setting your camera • How to plan a shoot • Where is the Milky Way? • Shooting Milky Way panoramas • Tracking the sky

Chapter 7: Stitching, Stacking and Tracking

• How to shoot: HDR composites • star trails • panoramas • 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 • How to use Pan, Tilt, and Dolly motion control systems (Radian, SYRP Genie, eMotimo, Dynamic Perception, Rhino EVO) • How to plan a shoot

Chapter 13: How to Shoot Holy Grails

• Shooting “Holy Grail” day-to-night transitions • Avoiding flickering • How to “bulb ramp” • Three Holy Grail methods

Chapter 14: Avoiding Common Problems

• What can go wrong • Equipment issues (things you can control) • Environment issues (things you can’t) • Tips and checklists 

Chapter 15: Processing Time-Lapse Movies - Basic

• The basic Photoshop workflow: Import • Process in ACR • Exporting frames • Assembling movies • 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 books


Edition 3.1 August 2018 — All purchasers of the Apple Edition get free updates to new editions. 

ISBN 978-0-9939589-0-8

1 gigabyte download through the Apple Books Store. Link below.


PDF Edition Volume 1 — Capturing

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What’s in the 425-page PDF edition Volume 1...


Getting Started

• 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 • 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 

Chapter 5: Moonlit Nightscapes

• How to set your camera • Choosing the right moon phase • Where will the Moon be? • How to plan a shoot  

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 • tracked images

Chapter 8: Reducing Noise  

• Best practices for shooting dark frames and multiple images for stacking

Chapter 9: Taking Time-Lapses

• Best practices for intervals and frame count • How to calculate a shoot

Chapter 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 books


First Edition August 2018

425 pages — 400 megabyte download

ISBN 978-0-9939589-2-2

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PDF Edition Volume 2 — Processing

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What’s in the 425-page PDF edition Volume 2...


Chapter 1: Processing Still Images – Basics

• Importing • Developing in Adobe Camera Raw • Processing in Photoshop • Using Lightroom, Using DxO and ON1 Photo RAW


Chapter 2: Processing Still Images – Advanced

• Stacking for star trails • Subtracting dark frames • Stacking HDRs • Stacking composites • Stitching panoramas • Using Affinity Photo


Chapter 3: Processing Time-Lapse Movies - Basic

• The basic Photoshop workflow: Import • Process in ACR • Exporting frames • Assembling movies • A Lightroom workflow


Chapter 4: 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 5: The Final Cut

• Editing your movie • Sources of legally usable music • Archiving and exhibiting


First Edition August 2018

425 pages — 350 megabyte download

ISBN 978-0-9939589-3-9



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Contents pages for Apple Edition

  • Chapter 0
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18

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. 500 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)


"This is an amazing resource and this [i.e. the PDF versions] will allow even more people access it. Anyone serious about astronomical imaging with a DSLR needs this."

    — Charlie Warren (Editor, Amateur Astronomy magazine)


"Indispensable! If you are considering exploring the wonderful world of astrophotography, this is THE book, the only iBook you need! I’ve been a planetarium astronomy educator for 40 years, even longer photographing the night sky. Alan Dyer’s masterpiece is my “Go To” resource for all things related to astrophotography. I’ve taken classes in astrophotography and taught my own, and I always recommend Mr. Dyer’s book as one of the best resources available....I’ve invested thousands in cameras, lenses, tripods, and travel to enjoy and record the wonders of the night sky. This book, however, has provent to have been one of the best investments I could have ever made! Thanks and clear skies, Alan!

   — Bob King, aka Astronomy Bob (blogger and book author)



From other buyers


   "I purchased your book and have learnt more reading the intro sections in the last day than I have all year reading blogs and hunting around various forums on the net."


   "...an outstanding resource."


   " ... you keep improving an already amazing eBook!"


   "An unbelievably comprehensive yet concise presentation of everything one needs to know .... A real tour de force and practical reference."


   "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!!"


   "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!"


   "Given the quality of your ebook, the price is outstanding. Your book covers much better information than a regular photography magazine."


   "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 that allows you to get your setup dialed so that you can focus on your shot and minimize the amount of time you spend on your gear. 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."


   "I've been taking astro-photos for over 10 years and this is the best guide to nightscape and time-lapse photography that I have seen. Highly recommended because it's explanations and recommendations are so detailed and specific."



Specifically about the Apple Edition


   "More importantly is the format, and the potential for enhanced learning, the author utilizes by making this an ibook, and he does it so well. Just about every page contains a picture you can zoom into, an interactive graphic, an actual movie, or a pop-up tip. My favorites are the side-by-side comparison pictures of differing techniques and the thumbnail-actuated screenshots of software programs illustrating the labeled process of manipulating images."



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)


"... a comprehensive introduction to the art and craft of nightscape imaging."

    — CosmicPursuits.com 


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