4 Tips for Long Exposure Landscape Photography for Beginner

I see more and more often on the Internet stunning landscape photos with the water that looks totally mystical. In this small guide I will show you how these pictures have been created and what kind of gear you need for it.

Lonely Bridge Making Of
Lonely Bridge Making Of @Vlad Stawizki

Ye know all these blurred images of children who can’t sit still. This is a result of the slow shutter speed of your camera. This happens most often when there isn’t enough light and the aperture must be longer open for right exposure on the image. With this technique you can create cool effects on your photos.

Tip 1: Use Tripod and Remote Release

The longer a exposure the higher is the probability that at a slightest vibration your pictures will be blurry. To work this problem around you should use a tripod. A sturdy tripod is good value. If you are’t sure if long exposure is just the thing for you, buy smaller (less expensive) tripod and try it. If it pleases you, you can buy a better tripod and take the smaller for travel.

When you press the shutter, occur in your camera unnecessary vibrations .That will lead to blurred images. The solution is remote release or self-timer. Most SLR have precisely for this reason the “Self-timer: 2 sec” mode. 2 seconds rich mostly that the camera settles down after you pressed the shutter. Remote release has a great advantage, so you can make blob exposure, that take longer than 30 seconds exposure time.

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Tip 2: In the Right Spot at the Right Time

The darker the longer may be the exposure time. Unfortunately when it is quite dark, the sky is completely black and this mystical effect disappears. So the best time for long exposure in landscape photography is an hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. Those are pretty unpleasant times for us. And because people are lazy but very clever slackers :) ,they invented an ND filter. Neutral density (ND) filter darkens the lens and you should set exposure time longer also by daylight.

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Tip 3: Close Aperture and Set Lowest ISO

Closed aperture lets less pure light so you can turn up the exposure time. Also with the closed aperture you get more depth throughout in the image. With small ISO’s you avoid the noise in the image and increase exposure time. For example, on the main picture of this post I had the following settings.

  • Aperture: F22
  • Shutter speed: 15s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 13mm

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Tip 4: Movement Will be Blurred and Static Objects Remain Sharp

The mystical photos are then mystic, when you mixed dynamic and static on the image. So static objects remain sharp and have a lot of detail. In contrast becoming dynamic objects interesting texture. For example, on the main picture of this post you see very static bridge and the blurry water which flows around it. This contrast gives the bridge even more static and the sea looks restless.

Lonely Bridge on Marken Island in Holland
Lonely Bridge on Marken Island in Holland @Vlad Stawizki F22 – 15s – ISO 100 – 13mm

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