Hey, everybody! Today we are going to talk about long exposure photography techniques and how to get a good result with them.
What is it: Long exposure photography is a technique that you can use for different type of pictures. You can make very beautiful nature shots, with this technique that have a very calm vibe to them, but that’s not the only place you can use it. (look at the examples down below to get a good idea)
The secret behind it is to use a long exposure (who would have thought of that) and a very dark filter (ND filter) on the camera lens, to keep the picture from overexposure. Beside that, we need a tripod and a Camera remote shutter release, to program the shutter time we want (you can program your DSLR only to 30 sec. without it) ND Filter
- Tripod: a very steady one will improve the picture a lot
- Remote shutter release (to use your camera in bulb mode).
- A variable ND Filter (so you don’t need many different strong filters)
- A little bit of time and patience. 🙂
- (optional) a light or steel wool.
Examples of a different technique.
- You can make a very beautiful night sky pictures. (because of the long exposure).
ISO: Keep your iso as low as possible to have a beautiful noise free image.
Tripod: Your tripod and the way you set it up is extremely important to get a steady picture. If you don’t have one and think about getting one for this, you should invest around 100$ because the cheap tripods are not 100% steady in the wind. Why is this so important? When we have the shutter open and the camera makes a move, you going to have a move over the whole picture.
2. You can also use this technique to get moving objects/subjects disappear in your picture.Practice: Don’t give up when trying to make a good photo just try again and you will be better until you got the picture you want.
3. You can make trails of light with any kind of light.
Motion: It looks almost always very interesting when you have some kind of motion in the picture. Fire, water, clouds, trees, people and so on.
4. You can make very smooth landscape pictures.Focus: Set the focus at the object you want to take a picture of first and then put the filter on the camera. If you have the filter on before you do that, you cannot focus very well.
Preparation: If you have decided what type of long exposure picture you want to make, get all the things you need for the picture and find the right location for it. Preparation is everything.
Calculate the shutter time: Calculate your exposure time, you can do this manually or just use the free app ND Calc or ND Filter Calc (DSLR) to calculate it.
Be Creative: You can start by using some of the in the pictures displayed techniques, but there are so much more ways to use the long exposure that is all worth being tried and mixed up. Just be creative.
I hope this little post was interesting, helpful and inspiring for you. If you have any questions or opinions, ask me. I will answer you in no time.
Cheers Aaron. 🙂