The “Lost America Technique” e-Book!


E-Book: Released May 2012.  Readable on any smartphone, tablet or computer.
Want to learn how to do this kind of photography yourself?  This detailed book will teach you all the tips and tricks!  Plus, this book is loaded with unique images that aren’t on this website.


Buy and download the PDF version directly from me using Paypal!

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Buy it on iTunes, for the iPad or iPhone.
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From the press release:
Light painting and night photography specialist Troy Paiva (AKA Lost America) has finally written a “How To” book. It explains in full detail his easy to learn techniques for creating elaborate studio-style lighting effects with a few simple flashlights and a single, pocket-sized strobe. The book demystifies LP/NP, so even a novice can create amazing images.

All the secrets of his working process, never revealed before; from light settings and gel types, to white-balance methodology and post-production techniques are revealed. Each of the 44 images gets the full treatment; not only full explanations of his lighting and exposure methodology, but also anecdotes on compositional strategy, waiting for the decisive moment and making the best of difficult working situations.

• The ultimate resource guide for getting started with the art and science of light painting and full moon-based night photography.
• Written by a photographer with over 20 years of experience on the leading edge of this complex and specialized type of work.
• 81 pages, with over 20,000 words.
• In-depth analysis of 44 zoomable images.
• Loaded with tips and tricks for accessing locations, working by moonlight vs. total darkness, manually focusing in the dark, time-exposure portraits, post-production techniques and many other subjects.

Tons of info, great photos, how-tos, walk-throughs etc etc. To all aspiring (and existing) night photographers, how can you NOT afford to buy this? No excuses – it’s LESS than ten dollars!!
–John Maher

This book is excellent both for novice night photographers and those with experience. Troy reveals many secrets that have taken him years of trial and error to discover. The book is well worth the price of admission, as it will jumpstart you on the road to successful night photography and provide novel ways of approaching many different subjects. If you already have some experience shooting at night, you will learn techniques that will give your images that extra edge. Highly recommend.
–Dave Evans

I really can see this becoming a must read for all photography students, even those not doing night photography–as there is a lot of sound knowledge that can transfer across a number of disciplines. Reallly good.
–Ian Shipley

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