Long exposure questions

Started Jun 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
New MemberPosts: 14
Long exposure questions
Jun 20, 2014

Hey guys,

I'm quite new to this and have some questions about calculating exposure times.

When I see beautiful photos of landscapes (especially at golden hour) they always tend to have long exposure times, normally longer than I'd imagine they would need to get a a decent exposure.

My first question is, what is the best way of calculating exposure times under 2 scenarios. 1 early morning golden hour landscape shots and 2 landscape shots at night with the aim of bringing out the stars and the moon?

Another question (which may be a bit silly). If I was to use an ND filter it would allow me to use a much longer exposure time at golden hour. Would this give me a better dynamic range or would the ND + long exposure just be exactly the same as a shorter exposure without the ND filter?

Edit - A third question!  What would be the most suitable lens?  I have a Nikon d5100.  the 18-55 kit, 35mm prime and an 85mm prime.  Now the 18-55 is the best focal range for it but I was under the impression that the 35mm has better glass so may produce a better quality picture?

Thanks in advance.

Nikon D5100
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark post MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow