A Beginner's Guide to Long Exposure Photography

One of the most popular techniques for beginners to try with an advanced camera is long exposures, as it allows you to explore a world of new creative ideas. If you are just learning the technique, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you the basics of how it is done. 

Coming to you from Photo Genius, this great video will show you the basics of long exposure photography. Long exposures are highly popular for anything from smoothing out frothy waves to capturing nighttime cityscapes. One thing to note is that while you can keep closing the aperture down past f/11 or f/16 to increase the exposure time, this is not ideal, as you will start to introduce diffraction, which will reduce the sharpness of the image. Rather, if you are already at a narrow aperture and the lowest ISO your camera can handle, try using an ND filter instead. ND filters are simply like sunglasses for your lens in that they cut down the amount of light transmitted to your sensor, allowing you to increase exposure times. Using one will also allow you to take long exposures during daylight hours and not just in low-light situations. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Fristen Lasten's picture

Alex Cooke they're coming out of the woodwork

Never Mind's picture

No "report" button to report the spam above (first commenter)... Does the commenter pay the site?

El Dooderino's picture

I noticed that too.

There was another comment on another thread that was obviously spam, and there was no report buttton.

I hope they can do something about this.

El Dooderino's picture

Thanks for this article, Alex!

Always happy to learn new things!

Now, can you do something about these spam comments? There's no report button with them either.

stuartcarver's picture

Just make sure you downvote, if they get enough it will be flagged and will be taken down.

El Dooderino's picture

I do.

I don't understand why there is no report button

stuartcarver's picture

True