Long Exposure Photography Like a Pro
Anyone can learn to take long exposure photo so long as they have two things: a camera that allows you to manually set the shutter speed, and tripod stand on which you will place your camera to avoid movement.
Taking long exposure photography requires you to allow more light to gather at the sensor of the camera/film. Long exposure works best at night or whenever there are low lights. In order to produce amazing results, you need some patience to get thrilling images like milky waterfalls, sparkling lights and amazing traffic lights. Essentially, you are experimenting with your camera to determine how long the shutter takes to produce the desired effects.
The following are quick steps you can follow to do long exposure photography:
First set the tripod stand on which the camera will rest. This prevents the camera from moving and shaking because it will be tiresome to hold the camera with your hands steadily. If you find some images still blurry, it means that the camera moved when you were pressing the shutter. In that case, using a self-timer feature might help as it will automatically take the photo without you having to touch it immediately. A remote shutter release cable would be a recommended option to take the photo without touching the camera shutter release button directly.
Next, set the aperture to something like F11 because you want as much focus as possible. The ISO should also be kept at around 100 to 200 or to the lowest it can get. You should have attach the shutter release cable to the camera if it is not attached already.
Finally, focus on what you want to photograph and once you have taken the photo with the shutter release cable, release the button on the cable so that the camera knows that you are done with the photo taking.
As you can see, doing long exposure photography is not complicated so long as you can follow the right steps. It is worth noting that you may not achieve the right results the first time; hence, you need patience and perseverance to keep experimenting until you get the images you desire.