Long Exposure Aria

ƒ/22 | ISO 100 | 10 second exposure — ©Richard Harrington

A fun technique when shooting water is to go for the long exposure.  The water goes silky and becomes great to look at.  For many, this type of shooting means a solid tripod and a remote release.  But what happens if you don’t own those items (or have them with you)?  That’s easy…  improvise.

  1. Put the camera in manual mode and set it on a flat surface like a bench, garbage can, or railing.
  2. Set your aperture to the smallest aperture you have.
  3. Attach a ND filter if you have one.
  4. Set the timer delay on the camera.  This way after you push the button to release the shutter, the camera will wait a few seconds before firing (this will stabilize the shot).
  5. Turn on in-camera noise reduction.
  6. Fire away.
Long Exposure Aria

ƒ/22 | ISO 100 | 10 second exposure — Light streaks caused by traffic driving by — ©Richard Harrington


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.




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