Long exposures allow for so much more creativity in landscape photography. They give your landscape picture the extra wow factor. In this article, we are going to discuss how to take long exposure photography and how to choose the place.
What Are the Best Places to Take Long Exposure Photos?
Long exposure photography is most commonly used in landscape photography to show unusual features such as star tracks, cloud swirls, distorted waves, and gentle waterfalls. To find breathtaking vistas to photograph, try exploring a variety of landscapes, from forests and deserts to urban cityscapes. Look for light sources that can transform into light trails, such as a never-ending stream of cars during rush hour or other interesting sources of motion.
How to take long exposure photograph To take a long exposure photograph, follow these steps:
Step 1: Research the weather Instead of using meteorological sites, look at satellite imagery to see if a storm is approaching or if the downpour is about to stop.
Step 2: Plan ahead of time to visit the site Scout the location ahead of time, as finding the right composition takes a long time, or at least longer than the time required for a "short exposure." In reality, the world looks entirely different in a long exposure than it does with your own eyes. Avoid including the sun in the composition because its movement would ruin the shot and result in an unrecoverable region of overexposure. Wait for the sun to disappear behind a cloud if you can't stop it.
Step 3: Set up a tripod Mount all of your camera's accessories, such as the remote shutter release and the filter holder, on a tripod. However, don't start installing the filters just yet.
Step 4 : Compose the image and lock focus Refine your composition, focus on the subject, and lock the focus. If you are using manual focus, go ahead and turn the lens’s focus ring. If you are using your camera’s autofocus mode, you should focus by half-pressing the shutter button, and once the focus has been made. While still holding down the shutter button halfway, push the lever from Auto Focus to Manual.
Step 5: Set the exposure Now switch to Manual (M) or Aperture Priority (A/Av) mode on your camera. Then, for a “test shot,” set the aperture to an acceptable value for the scene. When you have the right exposure, make a note of the shutter speed you used.
Step 6: Apply your filter Apply your Neutral Density (ND) filter now. You won't be able to see through the viewfinder or Live View if the filter is too high. Don't worry; even if you are blind, your camera will be able to see it clearly.
Step 7: Switch to Bulb mode Set the camera's shooting mode to Bulb (B) to bypass the camera's thirty-second-time limit. None of the other settings used in the test shot should be modified.
Step 8: Take your long exposure photograph Finally, it's time to take our long exposure photograph. But, how long do you think you'll have to keep the shutter open? It's not as complicated as you would think. First, recall the shutter speed from the test shot. If your test shot was 1/15th of a second, adding ten stops would give you a shutter speed of around 60 seconds.
Phase 9: Double-check the histogram Check the histogram after you've taken the shot with the measured shutter speed. Mission accomplished if the current histogram is roughly equal to the histogram of the test shot. If it's skewed too far to the right or left, retake the shot with the shutter speed adjusted. Isn't it simple? Now load your camera and filters into your backpack and head out to practice in the field!