Thursday, 20 March 2014

Daytime Long Exposure Photography Tips

Daytime Long Exposure Photography Tips

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Daytime Long Exposure Photography Tips

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 07:42 PM PDT

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There are two main categories of long exposure photography: images captured during the day and those that are taken at night. Although the techniques used to take these photos are largely the same, a number of differences also exist. This article talks about the techniques of taking daytime long exposures.

long exposure beach photography

“The Singing Rocks” captured by Ian Clark (Click image to see more from Clark.)

Use a neutral density (ND) filter

Neutral density filters are normally available in different stops. The type you choose really depends on how long the exposure needs to be and also on the brightness of the day.

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“Hore Abbey” captured by Daniel Leis using an ND filter (Click image to see more from Leis.)

Focus first

It will become nearly impossible to autofocus, especially if you are using a ND filter that is very dense. Sometimes, it may even be impossible to focus. The reason for this is that the ND filter will only allow a certain amount of light to pass through it, but your autofocus definitely requires more light for it to function. The same is also true for your eyes. This means that you will first have to remove the ND filter, compose, manually focus the shot, and then finally replace the filter and shoot. It is not advisable to use autofocus for this step, because your camera will attempt to refocus the shots after replacing the filter.

Make use of NDCalc

With this simple app (available for both Android and iPhone), it is possible to get the right exposure even with the ND filter attached. In order to use this tool, you need to use your camera’s meter to take a reading without ND filter. After that, inform the app of the exposure time that your camera got, as well as the type of ND filter that you are using. It will tell you the duration that exposure ought to be.

Take the best photos during the magic hour

The magic hours are times just before sunset and just after sunrise. Even with daytime exposure, it is still a lot better to take shots during the magic hours. This will give you better contrast against the clouds–something that will make the movements there appear more dramatic.

long exposure sunset photography

“Muttam Beach, Kanyakumari, India” captured by Mohamed Rafi (Click image to see more from Rafi.)

Have your goals in mind

The weather will not matter at all if you aim to capture the misty look of the water. However, if you intend to capture cloud movement, you need to be more careful in your choice of weather. You require a day that is partly cloudy with decent winds. If a day is fully overcast, forget about getting that beautiful streak appearance, as it will be too cloudy. On the other hand, a windless day is likely to offer you only scant sky movement.

long exposure landscape photography

“Abandoned” captured by Ævar Guðmundsson (Click image to see more from Guðmundsson.)

With these four tips, you can trust that you will get the best daytime long exposure photography and get the best shots you have ever wanted.

 About the Author:
Swee Shiong Chong writes for SG East Photo, a photography blog on techniques and equipment that is used in creating all types of photography from around the world.

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Skydiving Photographer Shares the Joys and Challenges of Aerial Photography (Video)

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 03:18 PM PDT

Combining passions can be a good way to renew interest and ward off moments of staleness. Just ask Juan Mayer, who–after years of photography–developed a love of skydiving. Rather than split his time between his interests, he decided to combine the two, resulting in some incredible skydiving photography:

Now a professional skydiving photographer, Mayer takes the term helmet cam to a whole new level, mounting two DSLRs, including a Nikon D5300, to the top of his helmet.


Mayer mounts two DSLRs to his helmet.

He produces images like the ones you see below.



“It’s more exciting, more challenging…. It took me many years to start doing [skydive] photos, because it’s not easy…. I would like to do it forever.”

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5 Tips for Taking Product Photos That Sell

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 01:45 PM PDT

Find out how to distinguish yourself with flawless commercial photography that translates to big-time paydays with these pro tips from product photographer Christopher Grey. Plus, one fortunate photographer will be given his online Craftsy class, Commercial Photography: Taking Product Photos That Sell, and learn even more essential techniques for making money with your shots!


Mastery of lighting is essential for product photography.

1. To create drama in your photos, use an extra small softbox–because the light falls off rapidly–and move it in close to your product (which will produce a nice gray on the background if you’ve used seamless white paper).

To make a gradated background, aim a light at one corner or side of your seamless and allow the light to rake across the seamless. The light will naturally fall off from bright to dimmer, creating a natural gradation. Move the light farther or closer to the seamless to change the intensity of the gradient.


Feather the light for a graduated backdrop.

2. Create eye-catching highlights on the edges of your product by cutting a hole in your background paper and positioning your softbox behind the paper. Try not to cut the hole beyond the lines of your product, but if you do, fix it by moving the product closer to you.


Cut a hole in your background to produce interesting highlights.

3. Use precise strip lighting for unbroken highlights that draw the eye to an image. Because strip lights are so long, they can create a highlight that runs the entire height of your product.

Use tall soft boxes to create unbroken highlights that draw the eye to your product. The highlights and reflections they make will run the entire height of your subject and lead the viewer's eye and create interest.


Attractive highlights and reflections draw the viewer’s eye.

4. Use side lighting for sexy contouring that elevates your image from basic to blockbuster. For example, set your product near a window or lamp, or use something white to bounce light onto it from the side.


Side lighting emphasizes shape.

5. Use a smaller depth of field to capture a unique view of the product that wows the client. Using a smaller depth of field can also help you show off texture and create drama.


Impress clients with a shallow depth of field.

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Christopher Grey has been a product photographer for more than four decades, and has worked with a range of clients from The Home Depot to Collins Avionics. He’s authored 14 books on photography, including the bestseller Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers. Christopher is a three-time winner of the Nikon Certificate of Excellence, and has received Photo Design magazine’s Gold Award for stock photography.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Dog Photobombs the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 12:30 PM PDT

Interrupting an otherwise picturesque shot of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, one graceful dog leapt up and caught a flying rubber chicken in his mouth, aligning himself perfectly against the curvature of one of America’s greatest architectural landmarks. Truly, a thing of beauty:


The sunset makes the dog look extra-heroic. (Via Imgur. Click for larger image.)

The perfectly timed moment was captured by Myles Weissleder, who runs a tech startup in San Francisco. His photogenic dog, Pico, apparently likes to jump around a lot:

All that leaping is good training for a pet who definitely didn’t expect thousands of online fans. Good boy, Pico.

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What Do Photography Contest Judges Look for in Winning Photos? (Video)

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 10:35 AM PDT

When the 2014 World Press Photo Awards were announced, some choices made perfect sense. Others were met with confusion. In the following video, jury chair Gary Knight explains some of the more complex decisions the panel had to make this year:

Who Won, and Why

The first photo discussed is Goran Tomasevic‘s first-prize spot news story, a series of Syrian rebels attacking an army checkpoint:


“For us, it was a terrific example of a very sort of classic spot-news story: photographer is responding to something way beyond their control, something that’s very immediate and very urgent, and doing so with enormous skill.”

Next is Moises Saman‘s surprising second-prize general news shot of a man casually, artfully crafting a makeshift bomb in Syria. As Knight explains, the subtlety and grace of the photo is what sold the jury:


“It sort of disappeared every now and again during the voting process, and the story eventually disappeared. But this single image kept being brought back, and I think one of the reasons why is that it was really surprising and really ambiguous. It looked like it could have been, you know, somebody in the south of France bottling wine… This image was incredibly subtle.”

Knight moves onto Steve Winter‘s first-place nature story on the natural lifestyle of American cougars, which must have taken an exceptional amount of time and research to complete:


“You have to understand where the animals pass, where they’re walking, and anticipate where they’re going to be. It’s an extraordinary, long, long, process, and we just felt that this was so beautifully done.”

In what might be the most unconventional choice of the year, newcomer Fred Ramos took the first-prize daily life story with his series of bodiless clothes, the last outfits left behind by dead El Salvadorans:


“The jury felt that this story tackled a very important issue in a very innovative way. And obviously it’s very conceptual, it’s very rigorous, even dogmatic. It was a powerful act of communication using very, very simply form, and very straightforward photography. But we thought it was a very, very sophisticated way of addressing a very well-photographed story… What also caught the jury’s eye was the photograph of the clothing that remained of a 17- or 18-year-old girl, her underwear, and there’s vulnerability in that photograph. We thought this was just a really well-constructed, really well-conceived act of communication about a very, very important issue.”

Lastly, Knight discusses the first-place single observed portrait taken at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, captured by Markus Schreiber. Knight admits there were a lot of submissions from the funeral, but here’s why they chose Scheiber’s:


“This jury didn’t feel obliged to represent every issue that was photographed this year, nor did we feel that just because an event or an issue was of significant importance that it had to be represented. But this photograph really gave us the opportunity… Jillian Edelstein, the chairwoman of the portrait jury, felt that this was just a beautifully observed, natural portrait.”

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