RAISE your landscape PHOTOGRAPHY game using LONG EXPOSURE


Hi I’m Adam and welcome to first man
photography today I’m in Whitby where we’re going to be talking about how to use
long exposure photography to up your photography game let’s go before we get into this today this video
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January I have not been out to shoot any landscape photography and that’s because
Glencoe was just so epic but I was really happy with the shots I captured
and like I’ve mentioned before when I am doing landscape photography particularly
I ride a wave there are ups there are downs and when I hit high like Glencoe
there’s always a slump afterwards where my creativity just eludes me for a
little bit and it takes some time to get things back and going again one of the
things is to employ different techniques and that is what I do with long exposure
photography so I’m going to talk you through some of the things to do to
start shooting some really nice long exposure images and just gives you
another technique to be more creative and create something different to
everything else you see there are a few things you’re gonna need though in order
to do that and we’ll talk about that in a minute but isn’t it just absolutely
brilliant being at the beach the feeling I always
used to get when I was younger as you drive down to the coast that first sight
you get of the sea it’s just so exciting my kids get excited about it now and I
still feel excited in the very same way you then get out the car in a place like
Whitby you can smell the sea air the fish and chips it’s just a really quite
a special thing at the seaside so the things you need are firstly a scene to
shoot and I’ve come here to just by Whitby Abbey and I’ve got this view down
to the harbour and the bells going off….. I wonder what time it is….. so I have Whitby harbour
here and it’s perfect for a long exposure because you need to have two
elements you need to have something is moving and then something that’s static
in your image because it’s lengthening exposure and smoothing out that out that
movement that creates the interest in a long exposure shot and makes it
different from a normal static shot so after that it’s about gear really and
you’re going to need a camera that has a bulb mode or a timer in order to push
your exposure longer than 30 seconds you’re then going to need a filter an ND
filter a solid ND filter of either six ten or even sixteen stops which I’m
using for this shot here you’re also going to need tripod because any movement in
your camera will lose sharpness out of your image so a nice sturdy tripod is a
recommendation and then also you need to if you’re using a DSLR you need to cover
the eyepiece because light can creep in through the eyepiece and during a three
minutes plus exposure that can really damage your image and make very strange
things happen. So once we’ve done that we need to compose a shot and that’s
what I’ve done here I’ve got the Harbour sort of leading you up into those small
lighthouses at the end of the harbor and it’s going to be a really
straightforward image I’ve got the sea or horizon going along the top of the
rule of thirds line and that’s going to be my shot and as I smooth out the water
and smooth out the clouds it’ll be quite an interesting image so then it’s about
firstly taking a normal exposure so we can then adjust our exposure time
depending on what that is so for this scene it’s one three hundred and
twentieth of a second at f/8 and ISO 100 that’s for my normal exposure and then I
need to use an app or a exposure calculator to work out how long that
exposure is going to be so in this case it is three minutes 20 seconds I use
photo pills app there are loads out there that will work out your exposure time
before you put your filter on though you need to make sure you have your focus
locked because once you attach that dark filter to the front of the camera the
camera will not know what to do because it won’t be able to see in a normal way
so you need to get your focus locked and then switch to manual focus so we’re not
going to get any focusing issues also you need to turn your IS off if you have
image stabilization because that can introduce some movement into the image
as well and we don’t want that it’s quite windy at the moment so with that
kind of exposure I am going to get a slight amount of movement which will
reduce the sharpness a little bit but it shouldn’t be too bad so once we’ve done
that we just need to punch in our exposure time on this Canon 5d Mark 4 it
lets you do it with a built-in bulb timer if you don’t have one of them
you’re going to need to put in a shutter release cable and just turn it into
build mode and then lock off your exposure for as long as you have decided
it needs to be and then just time it with your phone or some of the shutter
release cables actually have a time so I’m gonna go ahead I’ve got the bulb
mode set I’ve got the timer set and I’m just gonna use the 2 second timer so
there’s no movement in the camera and then go ahead and shoot okay so I’m set up for my second shot of
the day just as the Sun is moving into golden hour, one of the really nice
things about long exposure photography is it really says to the viewer that
it’s not just a snap shot you have literally put the time and the effort in
to capture something different than anyone else walking by would have
captured and this is quite a good example of what I’ve got set up here and
where you can really use long exposure to your advantage so across the harbor
there towards the other harbor wall there is this really interesting ladder
and the composition I have is just with that ladder in the scene and then the
the harbor wall essentially filling the middle of the frame with the horizon on
the top rule of thirds and then the on the bottom of the wall on the bottom
rule of thirds I have the 70-200 mm lens on there and I’m zoomed
fairly well in at about 100 millimetres on that ladder and with the layers of
the seaweed and the moss and the brick in the shape it’s all working perfectly
for a long exposure because there’s some really interesting textures in that wall
and that ladder and then that’s contrasted against the really smoothed out
water and then the smoothed out sky when I do the long exposure so for this one I
only have a 10 stop filter for this lens so it is going to be a 51 second
exposure and that’s still enough to smooth out the water and smooth out the
sky and create that effect that I’m looking for. The type of ND filter that
you use really depends on your budget this one which I’m testing out today for
the first time is a very very cheap one this was about 20 pounds and it fits on
the front of the 70-200 I have used expensive ones I’ve used cheap ones this
is actually looking to be pretty decent it doesn’t introduce a color cast or
anything like that so I’m fairly impressed so far and long exposure
photography does not have to be expensive
on top of what you’ve got this is a ten stop one like I said but yeah
pretty good. Another great thing about long exposure is that if you have people
walking through your scene and particularly in a busy tourist area
like this you can remove them from the shot using the long exposure because as
long as they keep moving through your scene they won’t be captured at any one
point and it’s a really good technique for removing people from your scene so
I’m all set up to take this shot I have the bulb timer on again I’m at f/16
it’s gonna be a 51 second exposure iso100 hoping that nice golden light
stays on the wall shoot that wait 51 seconds let’s have a
look So I’m all setup up for my last shot of the
day and I’ve had to have a bit of a mad dash down to the next town or village
from Whitby down to Sandsend because the tide as you can see has come
right in and there was no beach left at Whitby. So i had to rush dow…… I’m
worried about the sea cathcing my feet here had to rush down to Sandsend
because I wanted to finish the day with a seascape with long exposure when it
comes to sunsets which it is about now long exposure is not the best thing to
capture a sunset especially if you’ve got the Sun in the image because you can
imagine as the exposure goes the Sun is moving through scene so it just doesn’t
look right what long exposure is absolutely perfect
for though is that time after sunset which we’re just getting into now as then
that’s normally the time that the color fills the sky if you’ve got a good
sunset and using long exposure to capture that is great because what it
does is as that color develops and as the color moves at different spots
through the sky if you’re exposing all the time that that’s happening the image
will capture all of that color so actually you capture a little bit more
color than you would normally capture with just a very quick exposure image
and that’s exactly what I’m doing here so for my composition I’m using these
I don’t know what the called….. I do know the name but I’ve forgotten these
poles leading into the sea and then I’ve got the sea washing up just over this
wall here which I’m stood on the tide is coming in so I’m probably gonna get wet
feet very shortly that’s my composition from the bottom
right hand corner up into the image and then just smoothing out that sea with a
nice long exposure then capturing as much color in the sky as I can at the
moment I have a six stop filter on there because as it gets the end of the day
and the light comes down a six stop filter it’s good for just extending that
exposure to around a minute to two minutes depending on the light so the
good thing about the six stop filter is your camera can still see through it so
you can still compose through the liveview you can’t really see through the
viewfinder we can still compose through the live view when it compensates for
that. Sunset wise tonight are we gonna get any colour… huh….I don’t really know
because at the other side there is the wall here for the road but at the other
side of that where the Sun is actually setting behind you there there is a
massive bank of horizon cloud so there’s not gonna be
any massive color but I do have some very high altitude cloud here which
could still catch some color maybe 20 minutes after the Sun sets. So I’m gonna wait around for that and try and capture that in this
long exposure I might experiment with different things
you can experiment with different lengths of exposure to get different
effects in the water if you want some swirling do it for a bit shorter a few
seconds even and you can really experiment using your long exposures and
use it creatively and it’s another technique just to get the creative juices flowing
and that’s exactly what I use it for anyway stick around to the end for the
image and a really awesome time-lapse to finish the day as well but
I really hope you’ve enjoyed the video leave a comment down below and let me
know what you think of long exposure any questions as well I’m quite happy to
answer and please do share the video because that really helps me out this
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man photography, at the beach in the beautiful North Yorkshire Out!!! sharp and it creates a nice gypped Jukes
it creates a nice juxtaposition

100 Replies to “RAISE your landscape PHOTOGRAPHY game using LONG EXPOSURE”

  1. Thanks A lot for the tutorial , I'm just hobbiest not professional and every time I try to shoot landscape inside and outside hotel or resort , the authority ban me and asked for permission. So as professional photographer do you need such things.
    The 2nd question is do you need property release after shooting ..Thanks A lot , I know my question is out of topic but I need your help .

  2. Definitely enjoy your long exposure photos and videos. I missed the calculation on how you determine how long is required. In one video you have something 5 minutes and 31 seconds. There was a device in the video but I didn’t catch it.

  3. I tried to do this, added all my ND filters to the lens (ND 10) and put the shutter speed to 45 seconds and the picture turned into a white pic. Boring as hell haha I even put my settings to f8. I don't get it why you can snap a photo in 3 minutes and it's perfect while my camera get's messed up at 30-45 sec? 😀
    EDIT: I just heard you do it with f16, and I can't go to more than f8 🙁

  4. Thanks for the tips. Cant wait to try this out with my G7 and a 4 stop filter that came with it.

  5. Lovely video 👍 So, for the long exposures we have to used ND Filters (10 stop or whatever). So, what is the real use of polarizing filter???? can we achieve long exposure with polarizing filter alone???

  6. I just love long exposures, and i love to capture it! I have learned that buying cheap filters really can damage your photography. So investing in gear is important, as somebody will know. Adam, your creativity are awesome.

  7. Loved this video,. You explained ND filters which I was confused about. Now I understand and am super excited to get more into long exposures. A few questions, 1) I have an old Canon 550D with just a normal 18-55mm lens. What lens should I buy for these type of shots, or do I need a camera upgrade? What f/stops were you using?
    Thank you

  8. Hello, you have inspired me to try something new, and while you discuss exposures and shutter speeds. You don’t in every video or picture. I’d like you to place all exposure information and filter information. I understand that evey picture is different but its a great guide.

  9. Great video Adam I've just bought a 10 stopper to have a go with my Pentax k3ii and been unsure on how to calculate the exposure time but will get the app you recommended so thank you for that and best wishes!!

  10. Thank you for your great tutorial! I'm an absolute newbie in photography! How do I know how many seconds I need set my camera on for an LE shot? Do I definitely need an ND filter for LE? Thanks for answering my questions!

  11. hey I just picked up a d750 and a 35mm 1.4 lens…withhhhh a 6stop nd filter.
    what would you recommend for a good setting and time for the shot, in your experience?

  12. Hi Adam ive just started to follow your First man Photography video’s.You have given me a new lease of inspiration to my photography and lots of new tasks to capture in frame. Many thanks John.

  13. Just found your channel a few weeks ago, really enjoying your videos and learning something each time out. Nice to hear about photography, not just gear for a change. Greetings from Canada, and keep up the good work.

  14. Awesome video man. Just got myself a Hoya Pro ND1000 10 stopper cant wait to try it out. Cracking photos keep up the good work.

  15. excellent tutorial, very well presented and very interesting. Your style of presentation made it so much more interesting than others here who could put you to sleep, reeling off figures and numbers regarding exposure time calculations, especially for night photography. I´m just starting to get back into landscape & longer exposure photography after some years away from it ( a new camera always helps kick start the creative juices 😉 ) I learned most of this many years ago while doing a photography course (back in the days of film) and did a lot of landscape photography back then, then moved into portraiture, weddings, and then became somewhat disillusioned with the commercial photography market due to the cut-throat nature of it.
    Now I just do what I love doing, travel & landscape and street photography. Watching this helps me (and others I guess) want to get out there again. So thanks for posting 🙂

  16. Does that filter kill the color or am i wrong? I don't know much about photography. Can you do the long exposure with a filter that let's in more color?

  17. hi love it, question as i'm new to this, do i stop down to say f11 or f22 ? whats the app for calculating the length of exposure please

  18. I tried subscribing but it wouldn't let me, because I already did like a year ago lol. Your my favorite landscape photographer to learn from. Keep it up mate.

  19. how to start and make money in landscape photography and whom to we sell our photos or who are the people want the landscape photographs

  20. I'm just getting into long exposure photography and have found your videos to be immensely helpful! Thank you and keep up the good work!

  21. Is a zoom or a prime lens better for this type of daytime long exposure photography, and with a zoom one, do you use the zoom for the photographs?

  22. Great video. You touched on something in this video which I've noticed I do, but many others don't, and that is, stay AFTER the sun sets. The one thing I always see other photographers do is the moment that sun disappears on the horizon, most are packed up and back in their cars and gone. Stay after sunset guys and girls, most of the time the best light is after sunset.

  23. Great video Adam, great advice. Subbed and followed on Insta. Superb photos, just purchased a ND1000, can't wait to use it. 🙂

  24. Great video Adam, great advice. Subbed and followed on Insta. Superb photos, just purchased a ND1000, can't wait to use it. 🙂

  25. Ok, see this is the part I don't get.
    Why would you do that? I mean the first shot was honestly probably not your best, the tree shot was pretty cool. But still, whatever, it is your shot and who am I right?
    I don't shoot out of the moment, that single point in time because if I do I miss what it was that I was shooting.
    Something catches our eye and we squint a little maybe tilt our head look at it from different perspectives and just start shooting, from everywhere, close far low high long short, something about it has got me and I absolutely have to capture it, and sometimes I fail, but I never ever post edit. Because for me that's cheating, and it defeated the purpose of shooting the shot in the moment if I can just make it how I saw it instead of capturing what I see. I much prefer capturing what I see then creating what I saw

  26. A year ago this video was posted on Reddit and I came over here to check it out.
    Ever since then I’ve been a loyal follower and great fan of your work, Adam. It therefore makes me feel terribly sorry about the current state of your health – but I know that you are even stronger than any kind of challenge you might face.
    I want to thank you for teaching, entertaining and motivating me since I found your channel. Also I wish you all the best for the future.
    Keep your head up and keep on having fun out there.
    Cheers

  27. Hi Adam, thanks for the video. I love your tutorials and your energy also motivates me. Greet Stuff.

  28. You know, call me Mr. Thicky, but I never thought of auto focusing, then switching to manual focus in order to lock the focus before screwing on the filter. I thank you for that..Grreat photos by the way..

  29. I love long exposure photography…I’m addicted to it, I Live near the ocean with plenty of foreground subjects

    Oddly though one way around light getting into viewfinder is switch to live mode just before you take it

    I also use my screen in live mode to work out light …..

    With touch screen cameras you can use the screen to touch …the camera won’t move

  30. I’ve tried cheap Nd filters …I have tried two expensive ones ….honestly so long as filter is clean I couldn’t tell the difference at all.

  31. @3:50. I have the photo pills app but I’m not exactly sure how to use it for this purpose. Continuing with this video as your example, can you give me the steps in the PhotoPills app to get the settings correct for this shot?

  32. Could you tell me where is the ND Stop adjustment in Photopills? Nice job on the tutorial. I like how you take the time to explain different steps you take.

  33. I really like landscape photos, but I collide with the high price of wide lenses and also the filters used to take pictures of sights, can you help me, maybe you have items that are not used and you want to sell them to me at a cheaper price with pleasure my heart will accept it and I will prove to you the beautiful works of my country Indonesia…

  34. Very good tip about the cumulative effect of the clouds catching color from a sunset. I've been interested in LE photography for a while, but being in central Illinois there is no interesting water anywhere to shoot, unless it comes from our garden hose. Thanks for the tip on cloud color, that's the part that jumped out at me.

  35. Very impressive Adam very informative I started doing long exposure photography but I use a bridge camera as I’m registered severely sight impaired/blind and trying to get my photography out there more to show doesn’t matter ya ability can do anything any recommendations thanks very talented photographer as well

  36. Also looking at getting a better camera for long exposure and some close up as well to start landscape too any recommendations looking at tge Fuji xt3 or Sony a7iii or a7ri would love a 5dmarkiv or 6dmarkii or 7dmarkii but feel mirrorless has some similar features as my bridge camera any thought or opinion thanks long exposure love it

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