Introduction

“Night...making all things dimly beautiful.”

When Cyrano de Bergerac uttered these words, he was probably not referring to low-light photography. But his timeless sentiment holds true for photographing a subject after the sun goes down. Anyone who has ever dabbled in capturing images at night has learned the hard way that success is dependent on a series of factors seemingly outside the photographer’s control. Whether it’s the unwanted colorcast from an artificial light source or extraneous light poles, you’re at the mercy of forces beyond your control. Not long ago, these problems were addressed through trial and error—after the film came back from the lab, that is. Nowadays, you have many more tools at your disposal to help tame ...

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