The idea of leaving your shutter open for long periods of time is nothing new to photography. One of the first "fancy" techniques aspiring photographers learn is how to blur a waterfall with a 1/4 to 1/2 second exposure. But long exposures are not limited to waterfalls. With the help of special darkening filters called Neutral Density filters, we can achieve artistic blurring in the middle of a bright sunny day, a time when our cameras' limitations prevent us from leaving our shutters open for more than a fraction of a second. This technique that we will practice together is something that you can take with you and apply to many areas of photography. 

$75 ($70 CNPA Members)

Asheville Botanical Gardens, Asheville NC.

151 W. T. Weaver Blvd. Asheville NC 28804

Saturday July 8, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

What we'll cover

  • Your histogram and how it can help you get better exposures with every image.
  • How to extend your shutter speed without filters.
  • Adding specialty filters to achieve excessively long shutter speeds.
  • Incorporating the "blur" into your compositions.
  • Pro's and Con's of filter types including threaded, square, variable ND, filter systems, quality, and price.
  • Getting creative with your long exposures including radial blurs and vertical sweeps.

What to bring

  • Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)
  • Variety of Lenses from wide angle to telephoto
  • Remote release (intervalometer or other remote capable of maintaining an open shutter for extended periods of time)
  • Eyepiece Cover (supplied by your cameras manufacturer. Not needed on Mirrorless cameras)
  • Water, Snacks, bag lunch. (we will not have an official lunch break as this is a short workshop but please eat something so you don't pass out! I know I would.)
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
  • Comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions