RAISE your landscape PHOTOGRAPHY game using LONG EXPOSURE


RAISE your landscape PHOTOGRAPHY game using LONG EXPOSURE


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Discover new creative tools by using long exposure to take you images to the next level. We travel to Whitby in this landscape photography tutorial and vlog.

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In this landscape photography tutorial I travel to Whitby in North Yorkshire to capture and share how I create my long exposure images.

If you have never seen long exposure photography before you are in for a treat and capturing these images brings new challenges and creative possibilities. Essentially what is happening is by increasing the exposure time we introduce movement into our image that would normally be frozen and it gives the picture added interest and a look that would not be seen by your own eyes.

This video focuses on capturing long exposure landscapes during the day but the principles are the same no matter how or when you use it..

You will already understand the exposure triangle so when increasing exposure time we need to balance things by reducing ISO or making our aperture smaller to prevent the image being over exposed. However, in daylight conditions, even with ISO at 100 and an aperture at f/16, your shot could still be over exposed before even one second has passed. To achieve the desired effect we want our exposure to be at least 30 seconds. The only way to do this is to use ND filters. These are filters added to the front of your lens that reduce the amount of light passing through the lens without severely affecting the colour. ND filters are rated by how many stops of light they reduce the exposure by. For example if you attach a 2 stop filter to your lens you will need to increase exposure in your camera by the same 2 stops to obtain a proper exposure.

Neutral Density Filters

Neutral Density filters like the Lee Big Stopper reduce the amount of light entering the lens. In the tutorial we are using a 6 stop filter, a 10 stop filter and a Formatt Hitech 82mm 16 stop ND filter which allows us to get some extremely long exposures of several minutes, even in bright daylight conditions.

Exposures of this length have a number of uses. It will reduce the roughest waters to a smooth tranquil scene and add lots of movement to even the slowest moving clouds. In city scenes it can also be used to remove people from your images. At night it can be used for star trail shots and create interesting and varied light painting images.

Shutter Release Cable

In addition to the ND filter you will also need a shutter release cable, unless you have a built in timer, allowing you to lock the shutter open when using the bulb mode. Keeping your camera very still is also essential so a good sturdy tripod is handy. If you don’t have a tripod you could also place your camera down on a wall or some raised ground. A bean bag can be used to allow a small amount of adjustment or to keep things level on an uneven surface. When using a DSLR it is worth covering your viewfinder with some gaff tape or a viewfinder cap because light can creep in and ruin your image.

Once you are armed with this knowledge and the few tools you need; get out and take some pictures. It is an amazing motivation to go and see the world and can really pull you out of the landscape photography dip.

My video photography blogs are designed to entertain and document how I go about capturing my work. If it provides landscape photography tips and inspiration along the way then please share it with your friends so more people can benefit from the content. If you enjoyed this photography vlog I would really appreciate it if you subscribed to the channel so you can come along for the journey.

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33 Comments

  1. Also looking at getting a better camera for long exposure and some close up as well to start landscape too any recommendations looking at tge Fuji xt3 or Sony a7iii or a7ri would love a 5dmarkiv or 6dmarkii or 7dmarkii but feel mirrorless has some similar features as my bridge camera any thought or opinion thanks long exposure love it

  2. Very impressive Adam very informative I started doing long exposure photography but I use a bridge camera as I’m registered severely sight impaired/blind and trying to get my photography out there more to show doesn’t matter ya ability can do anything any recommendations thanks very talented photographer as well

  3. Very good tip about the cumulative effect of the clouds catching color from a sunset. I've been interested in LE photography for a while, but being in central Illinois there is no interesting water anywhere to shoot, unless it comes from our garden hose. Thanks for the tip on cloud color, that's the part that jumped out at me.

  4. I really like landscape photos, but I collide with the high price of wide lenses and also the filters used to take pictures of sights, can you help me, maybe you have items that are not used and you want to sell them to me at a cheaper price with pleasure my heart will accept it and I will prove to you the beautiful works of my country Indonesia…

  5. Could you tell me where is the ND Stop adjustment in Photopills? Nice job on the tutorial. I like how you take the time to explain different steps you take.

  6. @3:50. I have the photo pills app but I’m not exactly sure how to use it for this purpose. Continuing with this video as your example, can you give me the steps in the PhotoPills app to get the settings correct for this shot?

  7. I’ve tried cheap Nd filters …I have tried two expensive ones ….honestly so long as filter is clean I couldn’t tell the difference at all.

  8. I love long exposure photography…I’m addicted to it, I Live near the ocean with plenty of foreground subjects

    Oddly though one way around light getting into viewfinder is switch to live mode just before you take it

    I also use my screen in live mode to work out light …..

    With touch screen cameras you can use the screen to touch …the camera won’t move

  9. You know, call me Mr. Thicky, but I never thought of auto focusing, then switching to manual focus in order to lock the focus before screwing on the filter. I thank you for that..Grreat photos by the way..

  10. A year ago this video was posted on Reddit and I came over here to check it out.
    Ever since then I’ve been a loyal follower and great fan of your work, Adam. It therefore makes me feel terribly sorry about the current state of your health – but I know that you are even stronger than any kind of challenge you might face.
    I want to thank you for teaching, entertaining and motivating me since I found your channel. Also I wish you all the best for the future.
    Keep your head up and keep on having fun out there.
    Cheers

  11. Ok, see this is the part I don't get.
    Why would you do that? I mean the first shot was honestly probably not your best, the tree shot was pretty cool. But still, whatever, it is your shot and who am I right?
    I don't shoot out of the moment, that single point in time because if I do I miss what it was that I was shooting.
    Something catches our eye and we squint a little maybe tilt our head look at it from different perspectives and just start shooting, from everywhere, close far low high long short, something about it has got me and I absolutely have to capture it, and sometimes I fail, but I never ever post edit. Because for me that's cheating, and it defeated the purpose of shooting the shot in the moment if I can just make it how I saw it instead of capturing what I see. I much prefer capturing what I see then creating what I saw

  12. Great video. You touched on something in this video which I've noticed I do, but many others don't, and that is, stay AFTER the sun sets. The one thing I always see other photographers do is the moment that sun disappears on the horizon, most are packed up and back in their cars and gone. Stay after sunset guys and girls, most of the time the best light is after sunset.

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