Long exposure photography during the day

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Things needed for Long exposure photography during the day:

  • Camera, of course
  • Tripod
  • ND filters
  • Remote shutter release

You see a beautiful waterfall and you would want to try a long exposure shot to capture the milky smooth effect of the water. But the moment you open the shutter for more than 1o seconds to obtain the effect, the picture will be over-exposed. Why can’t we close the aperture to cut the ambient light? Yes, you can. That is what you should be doing in the first place. But, sometimes, even after closing the aperture, the picture ends up over-exposed due to the available brightness of the scene.

To overcome this, we use a ND filter. An ND filter reduces the amount of light coming into the lens.



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Types of ND filters.

They are classified based on the amount of light they block. They come in different densities and could be stacked if needed.

ND2 – this will allow 50% of the light.

ND4 – this will allow 25% of the light.

ND8 – this will allow 12.5% of the light.

So ND2 is less dark and ND8 looks darker.

Imagine, you see a beautiful beach with few rocks on the shore and the waves occasionally kiss the rocks. You would want to get that milky or silky effect of the water. What should you do?

Mount your camera on a tripod. Tripod is a mandate since we are dealing with long exposures. Attach the ND filter, focus, set the exposure and boom.

Before using ND filter ale

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After using ND filter


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So now that you know how to take long exposures in daytime, get out there and click some amazing pictures and share them with us on our facebook group

Here are ten awesome examples that illustrate the potential of this technique.

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Photo by Ulf Härsted

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Photo by Carlos Solinis Camalich

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Photo by Anthony Fields

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Photo by Daniel Bosma

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Photo by Boxcar Photography

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Photo by Guillaume CHANSON

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Photo by Scott Bennie

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Photo by Jens Klettenheimer

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Photo by Nagesh Hegde

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Photo by Lyokin Photography