Long exposure photography, as far as I know, is one of the most popular kinds of photography that has been done by a lot of people with cameras. It creates a long burst of motion that we can see and have been done in any kind of photography. Unfortunately, you need more than a camera to create this amazing effect. These are 5 camera gears for long exposure photography.
One of the most important tools that a landscape photographer need is a tripod. It is also important for those who want to take long exposure photography. To take a shot you have to keep your camera as steady as possible, and in doing so you need a tripod to keep your camera still.
2. Remote Trigger
One important thing to remember is that you want to keep your camera still as possible and avoid any chance of movement. Even a little shake can ruin your photo. One thing that can cause a camera shake is when trigger the shutter on your camera. To avoid this, using a remote trigger can avoid you to press the shutter and avoid the possibility of camera shake.
Another alternative is to use a camera self-timer.
Sometimes to have a normal or at least decent exposure of your photo, 30 seconds wouldn’t be enough. In this situation, you need to use the BULB mode and when doing this, you need to calculate accurately your exposure time. since a camera can only time up to 30 seconds, you have to do the timing manually. And that where a timer gonna help.
Don’t have to be a real timer. You can use your watch, a timer, or an app on your phone. Or if you have enough budget you can buy a remote trigger with its own self-timer.
4. Neutral Density Filter
Unless you’re photographing at night, it’s hardly possible to take long exposure photography. For that neutral density filter or ND filter for short, is required to have. For landscape photography, this is one important tool to have.
Basically, an ND filter is a dark glass that you put in front of your camera lens. It works by reducing the light to come into your camera, and so you need a longer shutter speed, and then create long exposure photography.
5. Black Tape or Cover
Believe it or not, this is important if you want to take good long exposure photography.
One problem when it comes to long exposure is how easily light comes into the camera from other means than the camera lens. One most vulnerable parts of the camera are the viewfinder. Light can come in from the viewfinder and cause some light leaks. Which is bad.
Fortunately, it can be easily solved. All you need is just black tape to cover your viewfinder. Or anything that can be used to cover your viewfinder. I sometimes use my hat as a cover.