There are two sorts of eBooks here:

  • Mini eBooks which I am offering for a 'pay whatever you want' option. I'm going to be adding new titles regularly, so check back often to see what new eBooks have appeared.
  • A more detailed eBook 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark' - a general introduction to low light and astro photography.

Find out more below.


Double Exposure

The artistry and artisanship of astrophotography

It begins in the imagination.

Like any good photography, astrophotography starts with vision. What is the shot you would like to take? What elements would it include? How will they be arranged? What’s the final look of the shot going to be? The shot of Orion above Dunseverick Waterfall that I unpack in this eBook started life as a conceptual idea. In my mind, I could see exactly what I wanted the outcome to be, even before I went anywhere near the location.

But, more so than regular landscape photography, the technical challenges of shooting in low light mean that you can’t simply jump in the car, turn up at the right place at the right time, press click and realise your vision. All aspects of photography beneit from good technical skills and understanding. But astrophotography especially does so.

Discover how I previsualised the shot, the settings I used when taking it, and my post-production workflow in this month's eBook.

I am offering this eBook free. But, if you think it's useful and would like to support me in producing more content like this in the future, you can make a 'Pay what you like' contribution below!


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How to photograph star trails

What kind of mad man hikes up into the mountains in the deepening twilight, only to sit for an hour half way up a mountain, shivering with the cold as the temperatures plummet under the clear skies above?

The kind of mad man who gets likes to take time out from the manic busyness of life just to lie back and stare up at the stars above for an hour, watching our planet spin its way through the cosmos, that's who. Oh, and to shoot a set ofshots to make a star trails photo in the process!

After spending an hour last year perched on the flanks of Slieve Binnian, I thought I'd share with you how you could capture a shot like this for yourself.

If you'd like to take time out to star at the stars - and to get a cool star trails shot in the process - download the eBook to find out how!

If you'd like to take time out to star at the stars - and to get a cool star trails shot in the process - download the eBook to find out how!

I am offering this eBook free. But, if you think it's useful and would like to support me in producing more content like this in the future, you can make a 'Pay what you like' contribution below!


When Darkness Falls

The lunar and solar eclipses of 2015

2015 saw the good folks of Northern Ireland being treated to not one but two eclipse events: a total lunar eclipse in September and a partial solar eclipse in March. Of course, having those events happen above you is one thing. But when you live in Northern Ireland, having clear skies above to see them is something entirely different! 

In this eBook, I take you through my experiences seeing these amazing events - including all the drama of not knowing whether or not we'd actually be able to witness them through the cloud. If you're keen to find out what it's like to experience events like this for yourself, then download the eBook and read on. 

I am offering this eBook free. But, if you think it's useful and would like to support me in producing more content like this in the future, you can make a 'Pay what you like' contribution below!

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In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Case Studies in Aurora Chasing

Winter 2015/16 saw a couple of good aurora displays visible in Northern Ireland. Taking each of these as a case study, this eBook leads you through the statistics that helped us forecast these displays, explaining the various elements on the way through and how they link to the forecasts, so you can learn more yourself about how to forecast the aurora. Packed full of photos to illustrate what I was seeing those evenings an annotated graphs to help you understand better how the aurora stats matched with what I was seeing, you're bound to shorten the odds of seeing your next aurora with the help of this eBook.

I am offering this eBook free. But, if you think it's useful and would like to support me in producing more content like this in the future, you can make a 'Pay what you like' contribution below!

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not so dark after all

Airglow, gravity waves and why the deepest night is not quite as deeply dark as it first may seem...

There are lots of amazing wonders to be discovered in the night sky. Some are well known and highly sought after - such as the aurora. Others are a little less known - but no less beautiful to photograph.

Find out about airglow in this free mini eBook - what it is and what to look out for if you think you've spotted it in the dark skies above.

With photographs and diagrams, the text tells the story of the two times I've photographed it so far and also pulls back the curtain a bit on some of the fascinating science behind this natural wonder.

I am offering this eBook free. But, if you think it's useful and would like to support me in producing more content like this in the future, you can make a 'Pay what you like' contribution below!

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

21 Top Tips for Night Photography

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is a 50 page, 9500 word guide to night time photography. Each of the 21 tips is illustrated with a range of my images and each tip comes with further explanations to help you improve and develop your skills as a nocturnal photographer.

The eBook is broken down into four sections:

  • The Basics
  • Night Photography in Urban Areas
  • Photographing the Night Sky
  • Photographing the Aurora Borealis

Many of the tips are illustrated with real life tales of the stories behind the shots, as I seek to bring you back with me to the times and places when I was perched on a mountain top in the dark, or by a ruined castle in the middle of the night, seeking just that perfect shot for that evening. As such, I've sought to make this more that simply a 'how to' book, but rather something that is a bit more autobiographical, one that gives you an insight into the whole process behind the thrill of being a landscape photographer.

The eBook is available as a high quality pdf (14.1MB) and can be viewed on computers, tablets or smart phones. 

 

Review

I couldn’t help but feel inspired with a warm smile as my thoughts turned towards the night sky thanks to Alistair’s profound passion for photography and the outdoors ... Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to reach for your coat after reading this book!
— Martin McKenna, Night Sky Hunter

"Once picked up, ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ is hard to put down thanks to Alistair Hamill’s fresh and engaging writing style which takes the reader on a journey experienced through the viewfinder of a photographer who has cast aside the comforts of sleep to capture the mysteries of our night sky and enthralling landscapes across N. Ireland.  

Relax in a cosy seat and let Alistair take you on a tour across Co. Antrim and Co Down while learning valuable tips which can only be learned by one who has spent hundreds of hours in the ‘field’ learning his craft first hand while battling the elements through all four seasons of the year. This pleasant book is filled with stunning imagery ranging from night panoramas of Belfast City, to the wonderful celestial delights in our skies, such as the Milky Way from the Mourne Mountains and the spectacular Aurora Borealis over the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle.

Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to reach for a coat after reading this book, for Alistair is one of the few writers out there who makes the reader feel they are there with him laying in the snow or getting whipped by gales in order to get that perfect image.  ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’  is so much more than a ‘how to’ for this book is really about passion and one man’s quest to experience nature first hand while balancing his love for both his family and his photography.  I read it all in one go and couldn’t help but feel inspired with a warm smile as my own thoughts turned towards the night sky and my camera bag thanks to Alistair’s profound passion for photography and the outdoors."

Martin McKenna 

Night Sky Hunter - Astro & Severe Weather Photographer