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Long Exposure Tips For Beginners To Utilize
To begin, long exposure seascape photography is a hugely rewarding genre of photography. It is achieved through the use of very dark pieces of glass called neutral density filters.
Once placed in front of your camera they drastically reduce the light hitting your sensor. As a result, the photographer needs to dramatically increase his or her exposure times.
I have been focusing on this for a number of years and my main area of interest has been seascapes due to their dreamlike nature. Seas turn to mist and clouds form streaks across the sky.
For some of us, the other worldly results seen on the back of our cameras can be so startling that we are immediately hooked.
It is not a difficult subject to become proficient at but does need a little practice. I would like to pass on a couple of hints and tips I have learnt along the way to anybody starting out.
1. Learn To Expose Correctly
I have seen many new starters arrive at a scene and just pop a 10 stop neutral density filter on the front of their lens and release the shutter. They are then baffled and/or disappointed with either blown highlights or dark shadows in the final exposure.
They have missed the first fundamental step in landscape photography – learning to balance the light between the foreground and the sky. This can be achieved through the use of split graduated neutral density filters or by combining several exposures in post processing. I personally recommend these in field application of filters.
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