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Long Exposure Photography Tips

The long exposure is a useful technique for night photography. Long exposures can produce stunning effects and have an ethereal quality. A tripod is the most important tool you’ll need, as well as a DSLR camera that can take long exposures.

1 Photographing the Ferris Wheel

Photographing a Ferris wheel at night requires that you move closer and use a wide-angle lens. Set your camera on a tripod to frame the image. We want all elements to be sharp so we choose a small aperture, ranging from f/11 to f/32. You can set your camera to Manual or TV (Shutter Priority), and choose a shutter speed that corresponds to the speed of the Ferris wheel. To avoid touching or jiggling your camera, you should use the self-timer on the camera or a cable release to take the picture. The result will have a lot of light trails against the black sky but the center beams that hold it will be sharp.

2 Making Star Trails

Long exposures on starry nights can create beautiful light trails thanks to the earth’s rotation and the stars. A focal point of interest, such as an old tree, is the best way to frame your image. Set your camera on a tripod, and aim the lens at infinity. To eliminate camera shake, you will need a cable release. This will make your photo look AWFUL. For best results, set the camera to B Bulb mode. To open the shutter, press the remote. To keep digital noise to a minimum, you should set your ISO at 100. After the desired exposure time has passed, release the shutter and depress the remote once more. These exposures may last from 15 minutes to several hours.

3 Stunning Light Trails

The stunning effects of traffic headlight and taillight trails are amazing and a great way for people to become familiar with long exposure times. Choose a busy street with lots of traffic at night. Place the tripod on the ground and ensure that the camera has a clear view of the area. For a deeper field and a more focused image, use a smaller aperture (f/16) to get a better depth of field. Exposure time is a key factor in how many lines appear.

4 Blurry Sea Waters

The golden hour, the final hour before the sun sets, is the best time to capture the dramatic view of the ocean and sky. Night photography is simple. Place the camera on a tripod and use a wide-angle lens that has the smallest aperture. Focus to infinity. For a longer exposure, turn the mode dial to Bulb or Manual shooting mode. Use a slow shutter speed (between 5 and 30 seconds) The water will appear more misty the longer you expose it. To blur the image, use your camera’s auto-timer or a cable release. Flash can ruin the image’s effect so don’t use it.

5 How to determine exposure

Depending on the factors, the exposure time of your nighttime image will vary. The shutter speed will be slower if there is lots of ambient light. If you’re shooting in very dark conditions, the shutter speed should be slower. A tripod is required to capture light trails. For the image of Houses of Parliament, a shutter speed of 6 seconds was required. This is enough time to capture traffic trails. The building was sharpened by the f/8 aperture. You will be more able to achieve the desired effect if you practice.

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