Long Exposure

Long exposure smoothes out the motion of the clouds and the ocean

Long exposure can capture moving light over time in one photo

Long exposure can capture more light than we can see -- like this   Milky Way photo

Another example of light trails captured with long exposure

Long Exposure requires a slow shutter speed. You can take long exposure photos without a ND filter or even a tripod. But you will be limited in both the time of day and the location. I think a good steady tripod is the most important element for long exposure. You will need to use the camera's 2 second timer or even better, a remote or cable shutter release to prevent camera shake. Shooting at night, or even on a dark cloudy day, because of the low light, will allow a slower shutter speed. ND ( neutral density) filters are needed for sunny daytime shots and can also be used at night.

Below are several links to YouTube videos on Long Exposure

Matt Granger -- Long Exposure  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f21MwF8icmM

Gavin Hoey -- Daytime Long Exposure  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZBcWygxUs4

William Palfrey -- How to get the Long Exposure Shot  Click here

B&H 5 Long Exposure Tips --  Click Here

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