Photographing the 4th Dimension: TIME by Jim Goldstein was released recently and delves into the complicated techniques of slow shutter photography, time-lapses, and more. With all the rich information, excellent example imagery (including settings information), and visual aids to explain concepts; I found this eBook to be very helpful and plan to keep it as a reference in the field.
It can be found here: Photographing the 4th Dimension: TIME
Photography is often thought of in terms of fractions of seconds, but it is a great creative tool to visualize the 4th dimension – time. By applying creative techniques to still images time comes into clear focus. This eBook explores several techniques that will allow you to photograph the 4th dimension and create engaging high-impact imagery.
A long exposure, one second to several hours in length, will capture light from moving objects and render a very different image than the product of a quick fraction of a second exposure. A photo taken in a fraction of a second freezes a subject motionless, while a long exposure creates an alternate reality infused with motion blur, color saturation and light streaks.
Topics Covered (64 Pages):
- Exposure 101
- Understanding Human Perception
- Visual Perception
- Time Perception
- The Camera as a Time Machine
- Long Exposures
- Techniques for Long Shutter Speeds
- Light Painting
- Composites – Star Trails & More
- Short and Long Sequences
- Mixing Motion with Still Photography
- Strobe Effects
- Cinemagraphs – Video Effects
- Example Photo Settings
- Field Checklists (for quick reference on location)
Long exposures can highlight movement in water via tidal forces, stars as they move across the night sky or people & vehicles as they move about and much more. Personally, it is one of my favorite types of photography, I find it the most fascinating.
By introducing artificial light into a scene it is possible for a photographer to shape and guide the viewing experience in ways not possible in other techniques. Using strobes in tandem with longer exposures allows your subject to be lit while also streaking across the image.
How to Get a Copy:
It is now available for $20 and can be found here: Photographing the 4th Dimension: TIME
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