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 split second.


Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach County Park

1100 Ashley Ave. Folly Beach, SC

Friday September 27, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.

We’ll meet at the structure on the left just inside the gate. You can park outside the park if you don’t want to pay for parking.


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.

What to bring

  • Digital Camera

  • 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. Plenty of restaurants in the area too. (we will not have an official lunch break but folks who wish can stay for lunch at a local restaurant.)

  • Sunscreen, bug spray

  • Shoes that can get wet

  • Comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions