The mechanism behind long exposure photography is basically exposure of the photographic camera shutter for a long time. Resulting from this long exposure the photographer can make use of intentional and non-intentional effects to strengthen the image quality. Different cameras have different settings for this style of photography. This form of photography is frequently employed when capturing motion objects like birds in flight, moving vehicles and others. Additionally, it can be a time consuming photography that requires practice and persistence.
To achieve great success when undertaking long exposure photography you will need to have the following equipment at hand. They include :
An Appropriate Digital Camera
It is important to have a camera that makes it possible for you to have control over its exposure settings. For example, you have to consider using a camera that allows you to have longer shutter speeds. In other words you need a camera that allows you to either shoot in shutter priority mode and/or full manual mode.
To ensure that your camera will be steady during shooting you will want a tripod. This is because you will be shooting with long shutter speed that make handheld shooting impossible. Also, a tripod saves your pictures from irritating intentional effects that can be introduced by a shakily hand-held camera.
These are optional but they are valuable when you desire to block lens flare from ambient lights.
Tips on How to Obtain Quality Images
- Decrease your digicam’s ISO setting- When taking a nightscape shot you should make sure that the ISO setting is at a lower level because it helps in reducing the high noise that accompanies shots that are taken with increased ISO settings.
- Turn on noise reduction function when taking long exposure night shots- This will save you from being compelled to use noise reduction software on the final image because these photos normally come with heightened levels of noise.
- Set your SLR digital camera to BULB Mode- This mode enables you to maintain the exposure open for greater than three seconds. Additionally, you should also use a remote release given that it allows you to keep the exposure open in as long as you want.
- Keep the subject at the center of the image when zooming- This helps you to get a clear and sharp image because all the areas that are further from the center are blurred strongly and their details may not be distinguished. You may refine the quality of a zoomed shot by leaving an exposure time for a still shot before you zoom.
- Choose a bright object in a darker background when panning- You will be in a position to get an ideal shot because the shot will have a greater contrast between the subject and the background.
- Use smaller aperture and ISO when shooting throughout the day- Combining these two with neutral density filters during long exposure photography will help you to lower the amount of light coming through the lens without altering the scene.
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