not so dark after all

The first in a series of free mini eBooks

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. 



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