5 THINGS YOU NEED TO START LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY


right now in this video I’m going to
tell you exactly what you need to take beautiful dreamy ethereal long exposure
photography five things just five things welcome to my channel here I talk about
photography and I make videos just like this one what I will tell you what you
need to take long exposure photography so if you’re here for the very first
time it might be a good idea to subscribe if you have been following
this channel for a while you might know that I love long exposure
photography actually I would say the more long exposure photography has
really become my photography signature so I receive a lot of questions about
the gear I use for my long exposure photography and I finally decide to make
this video and tell you which are the five things you will need to get started
with long as for your photography the camera of course you will need a camera
but hear me out now if you have a camera already you
don’t need to switch with what I’m going to say now but rather start
experimenting with what you have while if you’re searching for a new camera or
you don’t have a camera at all here there are some suggestions for you I
recommend to pick a full-frame camera as you might know I use Nikon I don’t think
that Nikon is any better than Canon or Sony or Fuji or whatever else but I’m
just used to its user interface since I’ve been using Nikon cameras for the
last 20 years at least and within the Nikon family I love the Nikon d810 I had
this camera for the last five years and I believe it’s still a fantastic product
and because of the newer Nikon d850 and the Nikon mirrors full-frame Z series
you might be able to find good deals on used d810 there is a lot of people that
are ready to jump into the newer products and will trade in their cameras
with an insignificant amount of shots the D850 can take up to twenty fifty
thousand shots and you will be surprised to see how many use cameras are
available with less than five thousand shots so go to your local camera store
and see what they have but if you don’t need 36 megapixels as you are not going
to print in huge formats you can spend less money and pick the Nikon d610 or
the nikon d750 both very good full-frame cameras with the same 24 megapixel
sensor the d750 has a better ISO sensitivity and a tilting screen but the
d610 is weather sealed the d610 is a little more plasticky than the d810 and
i believe it’s made in Thailand versus Japan these things though will not
really affect the quality of your images but you will spend
less than half of the money the lens the second thing you will need of course is a
lens my recommendation here is to pick a wide-angle prime lens remember that the
quality of your images will always be as good as the worst piece of gear that you
are using so it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to buy a fantastic camera body and
then use an average zoom kit lens you will end up being very disappointed so
my favorite lens for long exposure photography is the Nikon 20 millimeters
F 1.8 I believe the 95% of my long exposure images are taken with this lens
I say 95% because I know I took some few long exposures with other lenses but it
might be more like 98 as a matter of fact this is the lens that is always
attached to my camera a prime lens in general is sharper than a zoom lens and
this 20 millimeter lens is crazy sharp check out this video to see how my 20
millimeter lens overperformed Laredo’s zoom lens on is D850 a prime lens is
also of course much lighter and often is a lot cheaper too, so for me this is a
no-brainer decision and with an aperture of f1.8 this is a great night
photography lens as well the tripod if you want to take long exposure
photography you will need a tripod it doesn’t matter if it is a short long
exposure or very long long exposure you will not be able to hold your camera in
your hands without shaking it even if you’re a surgeon when selecting a tripod
the key is to find a good compromise between weight and sturdiness I use
these super sturdy carbon fiber tripod from a California brand called really
right stuff it’s awesome it lasts forever
it never shakes is strong in the wind strong in the sand but there are two
problem of course it is not cheap it is not light sometimes when I go for a
longer hike I will bring a smaller tripod a lighter tripod which is the
meFoto that is holding my g85 right now at the
same time it does not feel the same so my suggestion here is not to go too
cheap but at the same time don’t buy a tripod that is too heavy for
you it’s worthless if you don’t bring it with you so search for the right balance
the filters now that you have a great camera a sharp wide-angle lens and
everything is super sturdy on your tripod if you want to be able to take a
long exposure photo you will need a neutral density filter an ND filter will
act like your sunglasses and will basically limit the amount of light that
enters in your camera through the lens the darker is the filter and the least
amount of light will go through and since light in photography is measured
in stops also and the filters are classified in stops so when you are using
a three stops ND your exposure time will increase by three stops and if your
shutter speed without filter is one second for instance once you put the
three stops and the filter on it will become four seconds I’m telling you all
this because the most common question I receive is which filter should I buy
first and my answer is to do what I did start with the 10 stops nd the 10 stops
ND will allow you to take a long exposure during daytime and at
sunset or sunrise you will be able to take those beautiful dreamy and ethereal
images that only very long exposure can create I also have a three stops six
stops a fifteen stops and a graduated ND filter but you don’t need to buy
everything when you start just start with the ten stops as far as it concerns
the brands that I use I mainly use Lee Filters the ten stops is a very good
quality piece of glass but it will give to your images a little blue cast which
is though very easy to correct in Lightroom now just a little side note
you can take long exposure photos without filters usually during the blue
hour right after sunset before it gets pitch dark and that
of the day you will see that your camera will need several seconds even without
an ND filter so if you are curious to experiment before investing any money
you could try that and see if you like it the remote shutter release the very
last thing I recommend you to have is a remote shutter release this is the
smallest investment that you will need to do and it will be useful both for
long exposure photography but also for your landscape photography as a matter
of fact the less you touch your camera while shooting on a tripod the more
likely your images will be point sharp and I will make a video about how to
take sharp images on a tripod very shortly
technically you will not need the remote shutter release for exposure up to 30
seconds as a matter of fact most cameras will allow you to set your shutter speed
until then but if you love really long exposures 2 minutes 3 minutes 11
minutes the remote shutter release becomes a must
I use this Vello remote shutter release which is exactly the same as the Nikon
remote shutter release it just costs one third let me tell you a story about this
I was in New Zealand last year I think you know by now and a few days into my
trip my shutter release stopped working I was in a very small village in the
South Island Kaikoura and of course there was no camera store there and I was not
going to cross any bigger city any time soon for me it was like a disaster I was
really sad but earlier that day I checked in into this Lodge the Manukau
lodge and I met the owner Neil which by chance is an awesome photographer I will
put a link in the description if you want to check his work anyways came back
to the lodge and immediately I went searching for Neil and I asked him what
were my options and it turned out that he was also using a Nikon d810 and it
was so kind to let me borrow his remote shutter release all of my New Zealand
shots were taken with his remote shutter release he literally saved me
thanks Neil of course all the items that I mentioned will be in the links down in
the description below feel free to check them out I will do more videos about
long exposure photography in the future at the same time in the meanwhile I am
linking year a video that I did in the past of how to take long exposure last
week instead I made a video about how i edit long exposure photography in
lightroom so go and check it out and this is really all for today I hope
you enjoyed this video i hope you will experiment with long exposure
photography it’s really a lot of fun so let me know what you think hit that like
button leave me a comment and if you didn’t yet maybe this is the right time
to describe thanks for watching and I will see you in the next video

100 Replies to “5 THINGS YOU NEED TO START LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY”

  1. I use a remote shutter release when I have to capture something, like a wave rolling in on sand, where the exposure time is of medium duration (less than 20 seconds) and the timing of the release is critical. If you are taking a LONG exposure, let's say over 1 or 2 minutes, it would seem that any camera shake from pressing the release button would not show up. As you know, using a long exposure is a technique to make people in a public place, or moving cars in daylight, disappear. Why would a 1/2 to 1 second camera shake show up?

  2. Using Olympus, I do find there is a lot of noise if I do too long the exposure, problem of dynamic range ?
    thinking of changing format, but hesitating between Sony or Fuji, what’s your thought ? Don’t think I like to go into Nikon due to weight. Appreciate it if you can give me some ideas .

  3. Timing …… Just spent most of today trying out my lee 10 Stop ND and Nisi Filter Holder … I tagged you in one of my shots posted to Instagram
    I went out hoping for epic Winter waves , but that didn’t happen today lol …. still .. I think your teachings have been inspirational

  4. I’m always learning a lot with your videos, thanks a lot. I’m using a Canon M100. Can’t afford a better camera for now

  5. Great video. I’m more of a birder but have dabbled – and will dabble again with LE. What about polarizers? Do you also use them in conjunction with the ND? Cheers.

  6. I'd like to offer another choice for an nd filter. I bought a Formatt Hi-tech firecrest filter set. It's the newer holder not the one like Lee uses. It is color neutral. Lee, Cokin and others have a slight color cast but not the firecrest filters. Well, not the glass ones. I have the resin reverse grad and it warms the pictures up a little but it still doesn't have a color cast if that makes sense. It's not a magenta color. It's like it changes the temperature not the color. I took some really nice sunrise beach shots on vacation this past Christmas. I never used Lee and have nothing against their filters. They're quality filters. Formatt Hi-tech firecrest filters are a little cheaper and worth looking at.

  7. I've just bought a D750 after using a D5300 for a couple of years. The only lens I have right now is the 50mm 1.8 for the D750 but trying to sell my DX lenses to get the 20mm 1.8 for long exposure and astrophotography.

  8. Thank you for your tips. I`m right just here to decide a new camera. I´ll buy the Nikon Z6 I move on a full frame camera, but I`m not sure which is the right lens for landscape photography. So I`ll check it the 20mm lens. The tripod is really a difficult decision. If I hiking in the Alps the tripod is too heavy and the most time I leave at home. It`s really important to buy a light tripod. I looking forward to the next video.

  9. Canon 70D with 18-135mm IS STM LENS and ND10 Filter. Just purchased Sigma 17-55mm f/2.8 but
    yet to use it for landscape photography.

  10. It might be good idea to subscribed , thanks for posting and sharing . We will see you in next video . . . ( 7:45PM local time )

  11. Thanks Attilio…inspirational as always. I'm very much a beginner in photography but love NZ. Heading to South Island very soon for a 2 week break and looking forward to experimenting with some long exposure photography while I'm there!

  12. Hi my friend Attilo I am a follower of your channel and I always see your excellent videos. I wanted to ask you a special favor … I am in a photographic project for my country (Ecuador) and I would like to know if it were the case that you came to do PHOTOGRAPHIC TOURISM in my country ..

    What would you like to know? or What would be your concerns, doubts or needs to make the decision to come? Thank you I hope your concerns please. Tks a lot.

  13. Attilio, if possible can you make a video on your settings in detail of your Nikon d810. like for example going through all the settings of all of the menu? I am curious and I'm sure a lot of people too.

  14. Was waiting for this video Attilio… I have a Canon 80d… Not a full sensor yet… But love this one for now.. Thanks for the video..

  15. You're slightly out of focus…just sayin. The information you shared is great, but I would downgrade you two stars due to being slightly out of focus. Fix that and your Golden!

    I've been a Nikon gal since switching from film to Digital in 2008. I am currently shooting with a Df, and D810. I am hooked on the ergonomics and menus too. Anytime I've tried another camera it's just so alien and I think the learning curve would be ever so long, and I am lazy and don't want to spend a year learning a new system so, here I am happy with my Nikon system. 😃

  16. Hi Attilio my friend, I'm using the D850 and the D500 with Tamron 10-24mm, Nikon 24-70, Tamron 70-200, & Nikon 200-500, Plus the Tokina 100mm Prime & Nikon 35mm, but hey would like the 85mm Nikon Prime?

  17. Hi Attilio, I have just come across your you tube videos, and I must say I think they are fantastic. I currently use a Nikon D810 and admit that I have not been taking as many photos as I would like to recently due to work, however watching your videos has inspired me to get out there again and with your guidance on you tube I'm sure I'll get some fantastic shots. Thanks Attilio….keep up the good work!!

  18. I have a Nikon d3300 and my widest lens its the 35mm f1.8, i think its good for learning, maybe time for save some money for the d610 and an old Nikon 20mm f2.8

  19. Hi, Atilio. You are my favorite teacher on You Tube! You explain clearly and above all with tranquility and affection. I love listening to you!
    I have a Nikon D610, I love it! A few months ago I bought a Sony A7III, which I am totally in love with! With an adequate adapter I can use all my Nikkor lenses without problems. I also like to use old analog lenses (Helios, Pentacon, etc.) and Lensbabies. It all works perfectly on my new Sony!

  20. I recently discovered your channel and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Looking forward to your weekly installments your videos have inspired me to step up and shoot what is here around me. Keep up the good work!

  21. A great vid in general & even better for the beginner. Anyone thinking of purchase a lens for their camera should check out DXO. They have a feature where you can pick our camera & lens combo rating different attributes of the combo. Also, a lot of cameras have built in timers & shutter delays in their menus.  I shoot the D810 for the past 3 years. Most of my landscapes are with the Nikon 14-24 of which I just received the Wine Country Camera 150 Filter kit yesterday.

  22. Ciao Attilio, In your opinion, if your shutter release goes out, as you mentioned happened to you in New Zealand, would not the camera the camera delay timer not be a viable option? I am curious about your thoughts about that. I feel there has to be a reason that you did not mention that.

  23. Wuaoooo great videos I have now my D750 and want to start a new experience thanks a lot for your help Attilio 😍

  24. Attilio, hi!. The manner in which you present your work brings everything to life. Excellent content and very sincere advise for beginners like us. Your passion is contagious, that I must admit. Thanks for taking time to bring forward such rich content and look forward to your next.

  25. Thanks for yet another great video! I'm using a cropped sensor Sony A6300 and I will have this for a while. My wide angle is a Rokinon 12mm. It's an okay lens, particularly for the money, but I haven't yet been able to get an image as sharp as I would like. Is it me or could it be the lens? I've taken quite a few long exposure images at night and I'm not impressed. I often print on 13"x19" paper using my Canon Pro 10 after a smaller test image proves good. I have yet to print a long exposure on the larger stock as the smaller images just don't pan out.

  26. Great video Attilio. All good advice – don't forget that, although it's not in the camera bag, Lightroom plays a huge role in determining the finished result. So that's item number 6.

  27. You are saying interesting things, but the movie was filmed very badly. You are waving your hands in front of the camera (zooming only on the head, so your hands appear out of nowhere) and the whole picture is out of focus (a small depth of field does not work if you do not focus properly or move so much). Because of this, everything is very bad and I can not focus on what you say.

  28. Hi, Attilio. Thank you very much for your recommendations. I would like to ask you something, if possible. I have a D7500, I like night photography, landscape and long exposure and I would like to go to FF. What would you recommend? Nikon D610 or D750. Nikon 20 mm 1.8 or Sigma 24 1.4 In my country, Argentina, there is not much difference in prices, 320 dollars between 610 and 750. Thank you very much. Your English is very clear to me.

  29. I retired from professional flying, I invested in my hobby, bought a Canon 1DC, 3 years ago, bought 3 lenses all the pro range 8mm out to 210 and a x2 extender. . None are prime. I might fix that with a 20 mm very soon. The last piece of equipment I so far have avoided is a sturdy tripod. I can not make my mind up! Money is not an issue, but finding a sturdy tripod I can pack up and take away and carry is the big problem. I Bought a super motor cycle the fabulous 2018 Gold Wing lots of space for gear, this in the main to enjoy and combine with my hobby for pleasure. Can you suggest a Tripod ? I have to say I enjoy your style of photography. I never knew long exposure photography existed.!!! The effect is astonishing and very pleasing. I repeat I have a lot to learn and all the time in the world. Thank you for your video information.

  30. Hi Attilio. As usual, great video and fantastic tutorial! Please help me on choosing my next nd filter. I recently bought an HAIDA 100 PRO holder with an HAIDA ND1000 filter Nano Crystal. I love it. Now I want go for a second piece of glass and I think an GND would be great. My question is, how many stops do you suggest? GND 2 or 3 stops? Thanks a lot for your help.Giuseppe

  31. Another very educative post! Long exposure landscape shots are very rare in Nigeria. I'm preparing for trip to one of our most scenic locations where I hope to practice this knowledge you're sharing. Thanks!

  32. As always. Amazing content. Now I have the right inspiration for my travel long exposure photography. Thanx Attilio.

  33. In my opinion, if you forget or misplace your remote shutter release, you can use the 10 sec delay shutter release of the camera in order to avoid any shake. Am I correct? I did this for the few long exposure shots I took, and the results were good.

  34. Great video Artillo! I was inspired by your long exposure photography. It's because of your works that I started taking long exposure photography. But on my first try, I saw some blue and red small color dots on my photo which I believe is a noise due to long shutter speed. It was taken using around 300 secs.
    I was wondering if you could share some tips on how to remove this in post process pls? And maybe some tips on how to avoid them pls. Thanks man!

  35. I currently use a D500, because I love shooting birds in flight. Want to try long exposure for landscape, wondering if I should look into a full frame?

  36. Hello Attilio,
    First of all, many thanks for the instructive, very nice videos! You inspire one!
    My question to you, I have a D750 and problems with hot pixels. But I think that's normal? How do you deal with this problem?

  37. Awesome info Atillio. I'm absorbing all I can before my big trip. One thing I might point out though is that I have found a heap of amazing Landscape photographers now using a cropped sensor. I myself picked the Sony A6500 specifically because of its smaller form and e-mount since I will be carrying it for a month on the John Muir Trail. Its been used for some amazing photos despite not being a full sensor camera. Not a huge concession but then again I'm not shooting photos for money but for love of the places I goto.

  38. Ciao Attilio, fantastico video come sempre. Io ho avuto l’occasione di entrare in possesso di una Nikon D850 + Nikon 24-120 G ED f4. Ho un amico che riuscirebbe a prestarmi un filtro circolare da 77mm per quell’obiettivo. Pensi che sia un buon punto di partenza invece di prendere il 20 mm fisso con il filtro a lastra che suggerisci?

  39. Which graduated filer would you recommend to buy to use along with the big stopper or, better, which one you use most of the time? I'm putting together my first kit for landscape and long exposure photography, and I would like to start with a couple of filters to cover most of the situations and do not be frustrated because something is missing in my kit. I already have a Nikon D810 with a good set of lenses, therefore would be a shame not having the opportunity to use them properly.

  40. Hi Atillio. I have a D500. Enjoying wildlife photography, but you have inspired me to to delve into long exposure photography. Do you have any suggestions on a good wide angle lens for the D500. Presently I am looking into the Tamron 10-24 or would your suggestion of the Nikon 20mm work for it or do you have any other suggestions that would be better? Your artwork is amazing and your tutorials are incredibly helpful.

  41. I'm looking at buying my first filter, all I seem to find are the ones that thread onto the front of the lens. I'm looking for the ones like you use that clamp onto the lens, what are they called and or where can I find those type?

  42. Well you've got me spending today. I have screw-on filters, but I'll be getting the 1.8 and Haida filters. They should give you a commission.

  43. A master piece Attilio again. Fully agree what you said about tripods as I use the benro 38cfxl a huge 7ft tripod and doesn’t move but when I’ve got to fly the mefoto road trip comes out, not the same. Really enjoy your informative vlogs🇬🇧🤓❤️👍💯📸💥

  44. Thanks for the great video again Atillio. Currently use an oly em5 with a kit lens for long exposure. Now I will save to use a wide angle prime

  45. I use a couple of D610s & love them… almost as much as I love your videos! .. Seriously your videos are GREAT!.. Straightforward, easily to understand, with an explanation of what equipment was used & why. You also have a great talent for taking out the myths in photography, that so many photographers like to keep secret …almost like they want to keep it to themselves to make their pics special (if you know what I mean?). It's like you want to be an open book to everyone, to make photography as wide as possible to people. Simply done with no gimmicks..Keep up the great work! 👏👍 In the meantime I'm going to enjoy the other 70+ videos you've made, and if you have any suggestions for what order I should view them, please let me know! 😁

  46. Hi, I started following your channel by referral from a friend. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm enjoying it a lot.
    I ask how you solve the flare problem in your photos. I was using a square stop10 filter that suffered a lot from flare. Now I changed to a circular stop10. What do you suggest? thanks.

  47. When your exposures are measured in minutes you do not need a remote shutter release. If you enjoy using one, then go ahead. However, think about it. When your mirror slap is affecting sharpness is in a fairly short time period of under one second, about 1/4 to 1/60. This means that the vibration period affects much less than 1/300 of a five minute exposure.
    No measurable difference.

  48. I've tried lots of different filters but I've found haida NanoPro nd filters 6 an 10 stop, and they have NO colour cast. There's a video idea a ND filter shoot out.

  49. Great great Videos from you ….learn a lot to get good results with low cost gear. I use an fuji x-t2 with an 14mm 2.8 lens means in fullframe 21mm and this works very good for me. Thxs an greetings from germany.

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