"Notes from the Stars" is a high-quality, hardcover book, written by ten award-winning world-class night landscape photographers, each teaching us about what they do best.
Each subject is covered from a personal perspective by an expert and acclaimed nightscape photographer - an authority and inspiration to many in the topic they chose to write about. Here's some of the topics:
- Capturing the Northern Lights
- Shooting the Milky Way under the moonlight
- Night timelapse techniques
- Photographing meteor showers
- Composition and post-processing tips
- Creating deepscapes
- Exposure blends
- National Parks Nightscapes
- And more...
Our aim is to put in your hands the book every night photography enthusiast would love to read.
Why "Notes from the Stars"?
There's many books and tutorials that teach nightscape photography techniques. However, no photographer can master every facet of nightscape photography, so readers are often left with useful but standard procedures and perhaps a taste of the author's own take on all those techniques.
In Notes from the Stars you'll go with Yuri Beletsky to capture airglow panoramas in Chile, accompany Wally Pacholka across US National Parks at night, watch Mark Gee doing his cool night timelapses, walk with Mikko Lagerstedt seeking one of a kind compositions, travel to Canada with Jack Fusco to shoot the Northern Lights, and much more!
That's right! Notes from the Stars isn't just ten lessons on "standard nightscape techniques" that use the voice of ten world-class nightscape photographers. Far from it, Notes from the Stars is as much about the topics it covers as it is about the authors themselves and their unique ways to carry out their craft.
Not only you will learn each technique from a true master on the topic, but you will also see how each author has adapted "standard procedures" to their own particular way of doing things, literally learning above and beyond what every other book teaches. This makes Notes from the Stars a great book for both novices and experts as well. That's the spirit of the book: instructional, beautiful and personal!
Last, while the written content of the book is mostly instructional, Notes from the Stars also does its part as a tool to spread greater respect and love for our planet and our night sky, awareness about light pollution and finding our place in the Universe. Paraphrasing Dr. Carl Sagan, nightscape photography is a humbling experience. You can't capture the beauty of a night scene and the night sky unless you recognize them as beautiful and earn their respect. Nightscape photographers are true ambassadors of the very things we photograph, and that message is also reflected in Notes from the Stars.
The Authors and their topics
With a foreword from Dr. Jerry Bonnell - one of the editors of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day - Notes from the Stars is packed with, well.. stars! If you're slightly familiar with the nightscape scene, you should recognize most of these names. This truly is a dream team of night photographers whose collective knowledge virtually covers every skill ever known to man that has been applied to producing stellar nightscapes.
Once you see the work these authors produce you won't be needing this, but just to confirm we're not overhyping it, here's some of the awards and accomplishments accumulated by the authors in the book (detailed bios are in the FAQ):
- TIME and LIFE Photography of the Year, twice!
- Four of the authors have been awarded over 200 NASA's APODs!
- Not just one or two but over six Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards, the largest astrophotography and nightscape contest in the world.
- One of the authors is the founder of The World At Night, the largest organization of night photographers in the world, by far.
- Lennart Nilsson Award, the world’s most recognized award for scientific photography.
- Several Harry Williams Astrophotography Awards
- Pleiades Award, the most important newcomer astrophotography award today, worldwide.
- And many, many more to list here...
In no particular order, here are the human stars of the book. Again, for a more detailed bio, please check the FAQ.
Yuri Beletsky: Capturing the Airglow
Yuri has an easily recognizable style and he constantly surprises us with his amazing landscapes under a glowing sky, and that's exactly what he writes about: his own techniques to capture the beautiful yet evasive airglow.
Mark Gee: The Art of Nightscape Timelapses
Mark, like everyone else in the book, does many things really, really well. A cinematographer by day, Mark's topic is one he absolutely masters: how he captures and produces some of the hottest timelapse nightscapes you'll ever see.
Brad Goldpaint: Photographing the Milky Way with Moonlight
A veteran nightscaper, Brad's eye and skills are as unique as they are brilliant. In Notes from the Stars Brad tells us about a difficult but rewarding technique and how to make the best of it.
Mikko Lagerstedt: Vision of Depth
Mikko has elevated nightscape photography to the level of fine art, a feat only few can claim. He'll be sharing some of his secrets when planning a shot, looking for the right composition and much more.
Babak Tafreshi: Deep-sky single-shot nightscapes
Babak is the founder of TWAN, the largest association of nightscape photographers in the world, and he will get deep into the nightscape seas by showing us how he captures deep-sky objects in a single-shot landscape image.
Jack Fusco: Photographing the Northern Lights
Jack, another brilliant and highly acclaimed night photographer with a keen sense in composition among many other virtues, describes his methods to capture one of the sexiest night themes ever: Northern Lights!
Mike Taylor: Exposure blend nightscapes
Mike, another highly skilled and creative award-winning photographer (well, they all are!) shares his methods to create exposure blend composites.
Wally Pacholka: Capturing National Parks at Night
It's fair to say that Wally is the grandfather of modern digital nightscape photography, with a list of accolades that could make anyone blush. In Notes from the Stars he talks about what he knows best.
Paul Wilson: High Resolution Nightscape Panoramas
Paul is another stellar photographer from New Zealand. Here he goes into a fairly unexplored technique: creating really high-resolution nightscapes using robotic heads.
Rogelio Bernal Andreo: Meteor showers and abstract nightscapes
Rogelio does deep-sky astrophotography like no one else. Here he shows us how he captures multi-meteor shower compositions and a number of more abstract nightscape themes such as bokehs, reflections and more.
Want to see more?
Here's a quick video introducing the authors and showcasing more of their beautiful artwork!
Even superb photography, content and storytelling will look dull if presented in average quality printed media. The talent, knowledge and art compressed in this book could only be presented as a high-quality hardcover book, a book that looks beautiful and feels great in your hands.
If you love night landscape photography, I hope you find Notes from the Stars your kind of book, get your copy and support our project. Thank you!
This is the approximate breakdown of how we'll be using the funds from the campaign:
- 50-55% covers the cost of producing, printing and shipping the books. Yes. high-quality has a price.
- Approximately 5% goes to miscellaneous expenses (clerical, administrative, fulfillment, marketing...)
- 8-10% goes to Kickstarter's fees and their payment processor.
- Whatever's left goes to all the coauthors equally, 1/10th each.
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to have 100% of the DTP work done by mid-November, and be ready to hit production the same day the campaign ends, assuming a successful funding.
Delays shipping the book to the backers may happen if production goes slower than scheduled, if we need more proof-runs than anticipated or due to rare but possible shipping delays. We will not compromise quality in order to make a deadline.
The project involves production from ten different authors, which multiplies the risks due to individual problems that could affect completing any given chapter on schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Other than that, aside from catastrophes beyond anyone's control, the only other thing that might prevent this book from happening would be if the funding goal is not reached.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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