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.
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
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