The mechanism behind long exposure photography is essentially exposure of the photographic camera shutter for a long time. Resulting from this long exposure the photographer can make use of intentional and non-intentional effects to improve the image quality. Different cameras have different settings for this kind of photography. This form of images is commonly employed when capturing motion objects like birds in flight, moving vehicles and others. Additionally, it can be a time consuming photography that involves practice and patience.

To achieve excellent success when undertaking long exposure photography you may need to possess the following equipments at hand. They include :

An Suitable Camera

It is important to have a camera that makes it possible for you to have control over its exposure settings. For example, you should consider working with a camera that allows you to have longer shutter speeds. In other words you need a camera that allows you to either shoot in shutter priority mode and/or full manual mode.

A Tripod

To ensure that your camera will be steady through shooting you will want a tripod. This is because you will be shooting with long shutter speed that make handheld shooting impossible. Also, a tripod saves your photographs from irritating intentional effects that might be introduced by a shakily hand-held camera.

Lens Hoods

These are optional but they are effective when you want to block lens flare from ambient lights.

Recommendations on How to Accomplish Quality Images

- Decrease your digicam’s ISO setting- When taking a nightscape shot you need to ensure that the ISO setting is at a lower level given that it helps in reducing the high noise that accompanies images that are taken with increased ISO settings.

- Turn on noise reduction function when taking long exposure evening shots- This will save you from being compelled to use noise reduction software on the final image because these shots normally come with heightened levels of noise.

- Set your SLR camera to BULB Mode- This mode enables you to maintain the exposure open for greater than three seconds. Additionally, you should also use a remote release given that it assists you to keep the exposure open in as long as you want.

- Keep the subject at the center of the image when zooming- This helps you to get a clear and sharp image simply because all the areas that are further from the center are blurred strongly and their details may not be distinguished. You can refine the quality of a zoomed shot by leaving an exposure time for a still shot just before you zoom.

- Choose a bright object in a darker background when panning- You will be in a position to get an ideal shot because the shot will have a greater contrast between the subject and the background.

- Use smaller aperture and ISO when shooting during the day- Combining these two with neutral density filters during long exposure photography will help you to decrease the amount of light coming through the lens without altering the scene.

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