Long Exposure Question

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Jim Radcliffe
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Re: Long Exposure Question
In reply to clockface, 3 months ago

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clockface wrote:

I've seen many photos that folks have taken that required a long exposure to achieve. Sometimes ND filters were used and sometimes simply shooting at night or very low light conditions. How does one know how to determine the exposure when shooting in these scenarios? I realize when using an ND filter I can calculate the exposure based on normal (i.e. without the filter) then factor in the filter, but what about at night. Is it trial and error or are there some basic rules? Thanks

Why not put on the filter from the start and let the camera sort the exposure? I thought most cameras these days meter through the lens.

Because you don't learn anything doing it that way.

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So with a 3 stop ND filter you leave it off, let the camera meter the scene, switch to manual, put the filter on, adjust the settings by 3,stops, and then take the pic. Learned a lot?

There are a lot of subtle things involved... if you'd rather the camera do the thinking, have at it.  I prefer my way because no calculator or formula is right for every shot.  After a while you get the feel for what you need to do from prior experience and I prefer that rather than using a formula.. you LEARN to read the light and I think that is important.

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