19 Oct Long Exposures – the step by step guide to successful long exposures

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For me personally long exposure photography allows me to explore a sense of calm, a visual relaxation that matches the way I feel when I look at the landscape. But for some the technical side of this style of photography makes it incredibly frustrating and stressful.

Before we get into the technical side of LE photography and counting exposure increase on our fingers and toes, there is something that is far more important than the technical issues. It is vision, interpretation and connection with your subject.

Ansel Adams said “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”

You have to be able to connect your emotions to the landscape around you. It’s no good just shooting lots of images in the hope of getting one good one, shoot one good one that really captures how you feel and perhaps shoot a second image. If nothing else long exposure work will stop you shooting lots of images, the thing you’ll need in abundance is patience and not memory cards.

Let’s get down to business and make long exposure a simple creative exercise rather than something that seems baffling to some people because of the exposure calculations.

Here are my tips to get you shooting beautiful long exposure images.

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