Thanks to the spread of high-quality lenses and photographic filters, the long exposure technique has become more and more popular among professional and amateur photographers over the course of the last few years. Even though such a technique could also be used in a photographic studio or within an urban environment, the perfect subject for long exposures is without doubt landscape photography.
Unfortunately, we often obtain results that are far from our expectations, and therefore easily end up classifying long exposure photography as a diabolical technique that is difficult to master. However, by following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography, you will discover how easy it is to get an excellent result with your first attempt (well, almost!).
1 – Choose the right equipment
2 – Study the weather
3 – Visit the shooting location well in advance
4 – Use a tripod
5 – Compose your shot and lock focus
6 – Expose correctly
7 – Install the ND filter
8 – Select Bulb mode (B)
9 – Take your long exposure shot
10 – Check the histogram again
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Discover how easy it is to get the results you want 10 steps for the perfect long exposure photograph
by Francesco Gola
You cannot talk about black and white photography without talking a little about the history of photography itself. The two are inextricably linked because all we had to begin with, at the dawn of the medium, was black and white.
It goes without saying that the equipment and techniques we have today are a far cry from those early days when the pioneers of photography were experimenting with how to collect light, light-sensitive materials and equipment to capture and focus the image.
The story of black and white photography, although cited as beginning sometime in the 1800s, actually goes back much further in history to the days of Aristotle around 384-322 BC. Aristotle understood the principle of the camera obscura(dark chamber), although at the time there was no known method to ‘fix’ an image cast by the camera, and so create a permanent record.
From the earliest principles that brought the world the camera obscura, and the observable phenomena that certain substances were visibly altered by exposure to light, the course of photographic endeavour has been well documented and we owe those early pioneers a debt of thanks for bringing us our beloved world of photography.
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Tabitha Boydell’s magical fairy tale portraits fuse mysterious locations with sumptuous outfits to shape a mythical new world.
Tabitha’s 4-step guide to better creative portraits
– Are you going anywhere nice?
Chat to your model to make them feel more at ease. Sometimes I might be working with a model I’ve never met with before and making them feel more relaxed will lead to more natural photos. You don’t have to get too personal – asking about holidays is always a good one.
– Watch your colours
Think about your styling, even if you’re not shooting with experienced models. Make sure what your subject is wearing goes with the background or location. For family or child portraits, the shots will look a million times better if all the colours work together.
– Get hands on
Have a go at crafting your own props. I’m always making headdresses and embellishing things. There are lots of great tutorials online that will help you do this. I bought a glue gun, which changed my photography as it meant I could make all sorts of fancy headdresses and other fun props.
– Get peer reviewed
Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s opinions on your work. Constructive critique from your peers is worth its weight in gold, as they will be able to notice and point out what you can’t see yourself. Even if it’s just that stray hair you missed, or a crease in a dress, it will make all the difference to improving your images.
Tabitha Boydell is a fine art and fashion photographer and stylist based in the North West. She works part-time for a travel company while studying for a Masters degree in digital marketing communications. Tabitha lives with her husband, three cats and a huge collection of vintage ballgowns.
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Un portrait ? Avant de choisir un objectif, il est d’abord important de définir ce qu’on entend par portrait (en dehors du sujet lui même — on photographie bien évidemment une ou plusieurs personnes !). Il faut en effet définir comment le personnage sera cadré.
On distingue généralement cinq types de cadrages pour le portrait : le cadrage “en pied” (la personne est photographiée en entier, de la tête aux pieds, ce qui est parfois le cas en photo de mode), en “plan américain” (le modèle est coupé approximativement à mi-cuisse), en “plan taille” (le bas de l’image correspond aux hanches du sujet), en “plan buste” (tête et buste) et en “plan serré” (le visage uniquement).