Some of the most-utilized items that photographers have are lens filters. These give photographers ways to control color, reflections, highlights and more. But what filters should you get, and when should you use them? UV Filters As a beginning photographer, I used UV filters on all my camera lenses. They gave me a way to protect my valuable lens glass from scratches, dust, dirt and pesky fingerprint smudges. It also meant that I wouldn't have to worry quite as much should I drop my lens while shooting, as it would protect the … [Read more...] about What Are Lens Filters & Why Should You Use Them?
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Leanne Cole, an incredible photographer from Melbourne, Australia. See more of her work here, and we hope to see more education from her in the future. Please welcome Leanne to Photofocus. If you look on social media you will find hundreds, thousands of images that are classed as long exposures. Instagram alone has almost 3.5 million images that use the hashtag #longexposure which helps to show how popular it is. There are many reasons why it is as well. What is a Long Exposure? In simple terms, it … [Read more...] about Why Long Exposure Photography?
People are often mesmerized by long exposures. Smooth water, the movement in clouds...it creates an artistic look in photographs that many people desire. About a year ago, I started to take my long exposures to the next level, by using neutral-density (ND) filters during the day. It allowed me to create photographs that had significantly longer exposures than I would have otherwise been able to take. But sometimes, even using ND filters aren't enough. Recently, I started playing around with using bracketing alongside my ND filters, to create … [Read more...] about Creating Long Exposure Photography with Expanded Dynamic Range
While I was in London, Richard Harrington took me to the National Gallery. The art was amazing! I asked permission to take photos and was told I could, as long as I didn't use flash. I set up for my shot and waited for people to move. At first I thought I could take several shots over a period of time and let Photoshop analyze them and only keep what was consistent which, of course, was the painting. The only problem: we didn't have that much time. I thought for a moment as I watched Harrington set up his shot. 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter … [Read more...] about Easily Remove People from a Photo
I love long exposure photography because it has the power to make even the most mundane scenes a bit more interesting visually. When shooting daytime scenes I often turn to my Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter. The Big Stopper is so dark you can't actually see through it, which means your cameras internal metering is off the table. Lee does include a small cheat sheet with the filter to help you determine the correct exposure with the ND filter based on the correct exposure without the filter. Unfortunately the cheat sheet doesn't cover all … [Read more...] about Calculating Exposure with Slower Shutter
Ever since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I definitely have had my fair share of photographing waterfalls. In fact, I became infatuated with landscape photography after realizing that I could, in fact, photograph a "moving" landscape and make it amazingly beautiful! The main thing that pulled me in was blurring water; I was able to transform splashing, fast-moving water into a cotton-candy wonderland. Creating photographs like these is relatively simple, you just need a few pieces of basic equipment to make it happen. Basically, to create … [Read more...] about Getting Started with Long Exposure Photography and ND Filters
Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I've been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long exposure and the contrast against static foreground elements has always fascinated me. I learned that these photographs could be made by using a neutral density filter (ND filter). The filter is transparent glass, but it's darkened to allow less light into the camera, extending the exposure. I've had limited success … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Neewer Variable Neutral Density Filter
My name is Mark Gvazdinskas (AKA Silent G) and one small piece of dark glass has changed my photography and how I see the world. Forever. Im a landscape, architectural and concert photographer based in San Luis Obispo, California. When Im not shooting product or working with other photographers at Really Right Stuff you can usually find me shooting up and down the coast. Along with taking pictures I love to teach and I was recently invited to be an instructor at the CLICK! California Photo Festival, focusing on long exposures seascapes. This … [Read more...] about The 10 Stop & How it Changed My Long Exposure Photography
Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week's show. We're joined by Dave Wilson, a freelance art photographer from Texas. Dave shares his approach to getting the best shot (no matter how many exposures it takes). Dave is a native of Scotland who likes to photograph subjects, scenes, locations and objects which symbolize Texas, the American Southwest and the United States in general. In the second half of the show we catch up with Lightroom expert Gerard Murphy. Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Moms Pentax … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast with Special Guests Dave Wilson and Gerard Murphy
I receive many questions about neutral density filters and how they can be used in photography. While they have many uses, ONE use of ND filters is to reduce the amount of light entering the lens so a slower shutter speed can be used. This allows the photographer creative control over how the shot looks without requiring any post work. Here are three examples, pretty much right out of the camera. Shots number one, two and three are from Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, AZ. The first shot is made without any filter at 1/3 of a second. You'll … [Read more...] about ND Filters – What’s All The Fuss?