Here at JustGreatShots Photography, you may have noticed that we like our Long Exposure Photography, this style of photography is where an image shows movement within a photo due to the time used to capture the exposure.
During the night time or in very low lighting conditions, Long Exposure photography can be captured as the light entering your camera is low, and therefore already increasing your cameras exposure time required to capture the image.
But what if you want to capture Long Exposure Photography during the day?
Well, this is where owning a set of Neutral Density (ND) filters comes in handy.
Here at JustGreatShots Photography, we use ND filters made by a company called LEE, based in the UK
These filters are not cheap, so we would highly recommend starting off with an entry-level set of ND filters, and making sure that you truly want to go down this path before spending out your hard earned cash.
So let’s take you through capturing that Long Exposure Shot using an ND filter,
Step 1, Compose your photo as normal
Step 2, Set you required f/Stop, I normally set my camera at f/11 when taking Landscapes
Step 3, Check your exposure time, I normally try to get this down to approx 1/30sec when using a 10Stop or 1/125sec when using a 15Stop filter
Step 4, Once exposure times have been set to required speed, and your image is in focus switch your focusing to manual (if not already on manual) as your camera will be unable to Autofocus once ND filter is fitted.
Step 5, Without moving your lenses focusing ring, now fit your selected ND filter to your cameras Lens
Step 6, Now set your camera to BULB Mode (Shutter Release cable \ Remote highly recommend at this sage or use delay timer)
Step 7, Now take your shot, Example exposure time: 1/30sec with a 10Stop ND Filter = approximately a 30sec exposure time.
Step 8, Check your photo, and camera’s histogram, increase or decrease exposure time where required and take your second shot.
Step 9, Repeat Steps 1 – 8
Step 10, Enjoy and have fun
These are just the basic steps when it comes to Long Exposure Photography, to learn more about this style of photography why not join us on one of our Workshops