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Learn By Doing Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Long Exposure

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #15 Long Exposure (Clouds)

Today was one of those days, from the time the alarm went off this morning until this very moment I feel like I didn’t slow down. Each attempt to take a picture of clouds just didn’t seem to work out. I took a few around lunch, but they lacked any kind of interest.  By dinner time I was starting to wonder how I was going to get a picture up today. Our kitchen window faces West so as I am cooking dinner I am watching these beautiful thick clouds roll by. Right after dinner Kat and I went for a little hike. Tripod and camera in hand we made it about half way up Mount Sentinel and set up.

Long exposures are extremely fun, but you do have to slow down and enjoy the moment.  We set up the tripod, focused/composed the image and  put on a B+W 77mm ND 3.0-1,000X filter.  This filter is so dark, you can barley see through the filter. It’s an amazing filter, it provides a 10 stop exposure reduction. Exactly what I needed since it was still pretty bright out. There is no way I could slow down my exposure slow enough without over exposing the image. If you don’t have one of this filters in your bag, I would highly recommend it. Although you don’t use it all the time, when you want to capture clouds in motion or the soft flow of a water fall it’s great to have.

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Long exposures are extremely fun, but you do have to slow down and enjoy the moment.  We set up the tripod, focused/composed the image and  put on aB+W 77mm ND 3.0-1,000X filter.  This filter is so dark, you can barley see through the filter. It’s an amazing filter, it provides a 10 stop exposure reduction. Exactly what I needed since it was still pretty bright out. There is no way I could slow down my exposure slow enough without over exposing the image. If you don’t have one of this filters in your bag, I would highly recommend it. Although you don’t use it all the time, when you want to capture clouds in motion or the soft flow of a water fall it’s great to have.

I used the Canon 24-105mm f/4 at f/11 62 seconds. I have a fancy app on my phone to tell me how long to exposure for, but what I usually do is guess. I put it on Bulb use a remote shutter release, I have an Opteka RC-4 wireless remote for my Canon. Take a picture and then decide if I need a little more or a little less exposure.

On Location: Long Exposure photography with a 10 stop ND filter:

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