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4 Necessities For Perfect Long Exposure Compositions

Long exposure has probably one of the most versatile applications in photography compositions. The principle is based on decreasing the speed of the shutter exposure to create a certain magical effect, which is otherwise not possible without computer graphics. You can literally turn your average portraits in to something of a masterpiece with just this one simple effect, yet creating the long exposure effect requires a prep with certain essential camera elements. Here is a list of the primary elements exclusively for this purpose.

Camera -this is a no brainer! You need a good quality digital SLR to start the foundation right. Point and shoot, cameras will have a hard time dealing with the noise which is a necessary result of the long exposure technique.

Sturdy Tripod – Without a sturdy structure supporting your digital SLR camera, it would be very hard to concentrate on regulating the shutter speed to the extent that you need to get the right effect for your long exposure shots. You might need a balance of one-second to a minute long shutter speed regulation, so the camera is just not allowed to shake at all to allow for a complete capture of the frame for that entire duration. It need not be expensive. All you do need is a sturdy aluminum tripod which is easy to carry and can support the camera weight steadily on uneven surfaces.

Correct filters-The neutral density filters work best for this effect. The ND filters are perfect for setting up long exposure frames during the day. The shutter speed can be easily regulated while freeing up the aperture to monitor the light intensity during the shot. This allows you take perfect long exposure shots of even reflective surfaces during this time. Ditch the filter if you are setting up for a night shot though you might experiment with added light attachments instead.

A wireless optical remote – For setting up frame shots for less than 30 seconds, you probably do not need this feature. However, for any shot above a 30-second exposure limit, setting the speed to bulb is a delicate technique. Resting your hand on the camera for this long can inadvertently shake the device resulting in a blurry shot. Avoid this entirely by investing in a high quality optical remote for adjusting your camera shutter lock for various durations for effortless long exposure setup. If your budget allows, go for the attachments that have a dedicated timer to further automate the process.

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