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Long exposures are taken with shutter speeds generally longer or much longer than one second, in order to capture stationary objects in low light while blurring or obscuring moving elements.

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Low light photography with lens limitation

I was trying to take some pictures of the city night sky light with my Nikon D90 with its kit lens. Below are the settings I tried while taking pictures: F-Stop: 22 Mode: Manual I also tested with ...
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How to maximise the impact of car headlight trails in long exposure

I'm trying to do long exposure photos with car headlight trails and am finding the results a little disappointing due to the low 'impact' of the light trails. I believe there are a few things ...
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Why do light sources appear as stars sometimes?

See for example this photo: From my experience, the longer the exposure the stronger can this effect be observed. Is this correct? Are there any other factors that influence the creation of these ...
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Shoot stars or planets with zoomlens.. How to compensate motion? [duplicate]

I know I have to use a wide angle lens for astrophotography, but lets assume i really want to focus on a small spot and capture very faint stars... I'd have 2 requirements that dont cope very well: ...
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How to create a ghost-like effect or shadowy figure on a photograph?

For a fantasy photo project I would like to create a ghostly atmosphere. What I have in mind is a scene with 2 characters, one of them is "real", so will be completely visible, and the other is a ...
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Exposure shooting youth sports during a sunny day

I would like to know how to prevent my photos from being dark during sunny day during a youth game. I am ising a nikon d90 shooting raw...and suggested settings would be appreciated.
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How would you set up a long-exposure shot from the computer?

I just got a USB digital microscope and I would like to setup a long exposure experiment (~5 minute capture). Unfortunately, I have no clue what software I need to have to set up a long exposure shot. ...
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Why won't GIMP 2.8 open my long exposure shots?

I'm unable to edit some of my tripod and shutter release shots in GIMP 2.8.10. It only seems to affect the photos taken in bulb (full manual shutter timing) mode, where I have exposure times anywhere ...
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I want long exposure on my Nikon coolpix p520

I have been really into light painting but I have a Nikon coolpix p520 and the exposure can only go to 8 seconds. Is there any kind of shutter remote that is able to extend shutter speeds and that is ...
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How to get longer exposure times with intervalometer for Fujifilm HS25EXR

I'm trying to use an external intervalometer for my Fujifilm HS25EXR. It works and snaps pictures on the timer, but for some reason it won't overide the shutter speed. I'm trying to do some night sky ...
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Steel wool photography: how to obtain lots of sparks?

what's the secret to get lots of sparks from the steel wool in this type of photography? My steel wool usually stops sparking after 7-8 seconds. I think this one sparked for a longer time!
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Does a Fujifilm FinePix have a long exposure feature?

I own a Fujifilm Finepix s2980 and I can't find the long exposure. I would like to know if I have this feature or not in my camera.
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How to set shutter time on an Android phone?

I am trying to make a LED Pen as shown here. For this I require a camera that allows exposure time of ~20s. I don't own a SLR/DSLR/Digital camera. I have a 5MP camera on my phone. I wanted to ask if ...
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Techniques used in long exposure in a forest

I stumbled upon a photo and am intrigued at what the photographer do to achieve this result. tree in forest I know there will be much processing involved but to achieve a decent photo that is ...
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Is it possible to take a long exposure photograph during daytime?

I would like to take a picture of a street during the day to depict how much traffic and cars there are on the street. Is there anyway to do this with a long exposure photograph? I have a Nikon D90 ...
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How to take long exposure photos in the daytime? [duplicate]

On a Canon 600D, what are the best settings for a 4-8sec long exposure in the daytime? I have tried manual and shutter priority modes but photos always come out completely white.
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Long exposure photoshop?

Whilst on holiday in Iceland, I forgot to buy a ND filter, which didn't allow me to take long exposure shots of waterfalls. I have a few images that I would have preferred to expose for longer but ...
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Sturdy tripod on a budget [duplicate]

One of my favourite types of photography is long exposure photography. I use a nikon D3100 with the kit lens. Unfortunately being the beginner I was, I decided to buy a cheap tripod from Ebay...I am ...
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Why do my photos appear more in focus when I use a long exposure?

Why does an unfocused lens still give a focused view with a longer exposure? For example, I took an out-of-focus photo with a ¹⁄₁₀th second exposure (at f/7.1), but when I change to 10 seconds (at ...
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Long exposure photos in daytime [duplicate]

I was trying to take a long exposure photo during the daytime (my first attempt at doing so), details for settings given below, but on LCD, I couldn't see any object, it was all white, as in like lot ...
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Little cross on photos with slow shutter speed. Is this a hot pixel?

I found this strange little cross on pictures when I was doing some long exposure photography. I have had some experience with hot pixel in the past, but this thing seems completely new to me. (1:1) ...
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Camera setup with welding glass [duplicate]

I'm trying to take daylight long exposure images. I bought welding glass #10 shades but I don't know how to make 10 stops, because I read everywhere that you need to make stops but I don't know how! ...
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How do I achieve the mirror effect with water?

I tried a few times to achieve mirror-like images with water, like this: However, I never manage to take out all the roughness due to waves, streams and so on. I guess these pictures aren't always ...
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Should I turn off optical image stabilisation when shooting long-exposure photos?

I have a Canon SX210 IS. With CHDK, I usually take photos of more than 10 minutes at night (using tripod of course). I read somewhere it is recommended to turn off the mechanical image stabilization ...
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How long is too long to leave the shutter open before prolonged exposure to light damages the sensor?

I'm about to start exploring the world of long exposure shots, using my Canon EOS M. The camera has a standard max exposure time of 30 seconds, but in bulb mode I can keep the shutter open ...
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Do low ISO photographs need Long Exposure Noise Reduction?

I usually took long exposure photo with ISO 100, so do I really need to turn on Long Exposure NR on? It really take time for processing.
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How do I set my Canon 600D for Long Exposure?

I have a Canon 600d. I need to have a long exposure. What settings should be used to achieve a long exposure in my camera? I tried searching and most of them say bulb mode. I don't see it in my ...
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Are there any resources or websites for finding areas which have low levels of light pollution at night?

Are there any websites which map light pollution levels so I know where to go for decent long exposure night shots? Or general resources for that matter?
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Long exposures: Gorillapod or Beanbag for support?

The northern hemisphere is spending a lot of time in the dark these days, so I'm interested taking long exposures, 8-30 seconds or so, in urban environments. The goal would be to use existing objects ...
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Why are the trees in this long exposure night shot red?

Last night I tried taking some shots of a cloud moving across a very bright moonlit sky: The exposure was taken using: Nikon D60 Stock 18-55mm VR zoom lense No filters Exposure time: 63 seconds ...
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How to do a long exposure with a Nikon D60

I've searched google high and low for this and all I get are results trying to sell me camera equipment. I have a Nikon D60 without the ML-L3 remote control, well I have one but the battery has run ...
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Will stacked ND filters perform as well as a single 10 stop ND filter?

I have the Tiffen 0.9 ND filter which gives me approximately 3f stops reduction. I like to really slow things down and although it's sufficient in low light it just won't do in daylight. Should I ...
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How do I focus in low light for long exposures?

I've been trying to take some long exposure shots at night with my Canon 450D. The problem I'm having is that I can't seem to get a shot in focus. The low light conditions prevent AF from working at ...
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How can you take long exposure shots with the Sony HX 20V?

Is that possible? If so, appreciate if you can explain how it is done.
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Are these strange splotches on buildings in a long-exposure photo hot pixels?

This is the first time I've seen this in my pictures and can't quite figure out what it is / how it fix it / or how to avoid it in the future. Was wondering if anyone here had any ideas? The thing in ...
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Long Exposure Photo vs. Video [duplicate]

If I want to make some cool photos with long exposure times but not having a good camera that allows me to define the time, can I get the same result recording a video and make the superposition of ...
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how can I determine the proper exposure for insanely long exposures

One of my favorite techniques of photography is "long exposure", night photos that take minutes or more to complete. The usual problem with these is picking the exposure. Built-in luxmeters of most ...
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Why does the iso and time exposure change in auto iso mode when i use the optical beside the lcd in my canon t3i?

Im having problems when im using the auto iso mode in my canon rebel t3i whith the optical viewfinder but not when i use the lcd monitor. whe i use the optical viewfinder the exposition and iso change ...
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Why do I have blurry star trails?

Last weekend I was experimenting with capturing star trails. I tried taking a set of 9 photos of the stars and Milkway (ISO 1600, f/2.8, 30 seconds exposure). Here is resulting combined photo (stacked ...
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Why does my shutter release multiple times using wireless remote in bulb mode? Canon t3i

Recently when using bulb mode on my Canon t3i (usually doing some night long exposure shots) I have had problems. I press the button on the remote to open the shutter and again to close it, but then ...
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Unexpected behaviour of interval shooting with Nikon D5100 [duplicate]

I want to do some star trail and time lapse shoots this weekend and I have for the first time been looking into the interval shooting option on the Nikon D5100. I already understood that the interval ...
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What is the relationship between readout and exposure time?

When I increase the exposure time (say up to 20 s), it seems like my Nikon D3100 takes longer to readout the picture (no matter the intensities in the picture!). How is the readout related to the ...
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How do I safely cancel a long exposure?

I have a Canon 450D Rebel XSi and have been taking some long exposure photos. I am finding that with the weather being sporadic lately I need to pack up my camera before the exposure has completed. ...
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What settings should I be using to photograph fireworks?

As it's heading into firework season (with Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes, and New Years), I've never been particularly successful at photographing fireworks. In previous years I think I've always had too ...
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How to take extreme (multiple month!) long exposure photos?

Was just going through an article where it was mentioned that Michael Wesely took a photo of a building being destructed and constructed and shutter was open for 34 months. How is it possible to get ...
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What might be a suitable weatherproof camera for long exposure timelapse photography?

I'm looking for a camera that meets the following criteria: Weather proof Controllable from PC (If possible from Linux with gphoto, www.gphoto.org) At least 15 seconds shutter speed possibility for ...
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What's the difference between taking long exposure camera shot and recording video on webcam for the same time?

What's the difference between long exposure where the shutter(on real cameras) is open for a certain period of time, and recording of a video on a webcam for that same time? Isn't the sensor exposed ...
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Longer exposure & lower ISO or shorter exposure & higher ISO - what gives better results when photographing stars?

I've been dabbling with night landscapes and star photography with varying levels of success. I know I don't have the ideal lens (Canon 17-40mm f4 on a Canon 6D body) but I've seen some great shots ...
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What ND filter to use for 5 second exposure hyper lapse in daylight? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100. I just bought some cheap ND Filters from Amazon but of course they sent the ones with the wrong size. The ones I bought were ND 2, 4, and 8. But I don't think those will be ...
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How do I achieve fireworks pictures such as the hirobamboo method?

How do I achieve the abstract effect for fireworks that is sometimes referred to as the hirobamboo method? Specifically what types of lenses would work best for this, do I start in focus or out, ...