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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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Situations you might use USB remote mode?

I hooked up the 50D to my MacBook Pro the other day at home and found it great to see exactly how a photo is going to turn out on the big screen before taking it and was wondering when such a setup ...
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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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Using long exposures to make videos? [closed]

I would like to make a video that essentially shows a long exposure progressing as it is exposed. Essentially it would be initially dark and gradually get lighter. Lights that pass in front of the ...
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How can I set an exposure time over 30 seconds with a DSLR?

Most DSLRs have an exposure time limit of 30 seconds. Now I'm asking myself how is it possible to create images about over 1 hour or longer, like these two: ...
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What camera filter would I use to capture a long exposure seascape

Keith Naylor Has managed to capture some stunning examples of seascapes, (see example below) I fear that if I was there at the same time, my photo would be over exposed I believe he is using some ...
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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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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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Is astrophotography basically pointless with a moon in the sky?

I want to take some astrophotography shots of objects in the sky while not keeping the moon in the shot. I have read in a few places that you need essentially a moonless sky to do so. Does that mean ...
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What can go wrong with extreme long term exposure?

Ok, maybe I'm crazy, but I'm curious what will happen when I combine a ND400 filter (9 stops) with a zone plate or zone sieve "lens." If I'm shooting a sunset, it I might get a 30 second exposure ...
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Time-varying artifacts in long exposure: is it the sensor?

I have just made my first attempt to photograph the International Space Station, and I clearly need to improve my technique. Here are the details: Body: Canon EOS-M (1) Lens: EF-M 55-200mm at 200m, ...
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Long Exposures of Fireworks. How was this done? [duplicate]

Just saw these amazing long exposures of fireworks by Davey J. How did he do that? I'm assuming it's slightly more complicated than just taking a long exposure on a tripod?
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How can I get a clear subject with motion-blurred (traffic trails) background?

I wanted to take a photo of my brother with traffic trails behind him. Now even when I was using a tripod, and A/F was correct, I still couldn't get the subject to be sharp, despite using a self timer ...
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How do moving objects disappear when exposed for longer duration?

I was going through a tutorial that explained the use of an NDX filter. Pictures taken of a busy street at slow shutter speeds with the filter on had only empty streets without any vehicles. How does ...
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Why are these light trails large blobs of light instead of nice thin lines?

I'm trying to shoot a traffic light trails with my point & shoot camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8). But the oncoming vehicle headlights are appearing as large blobs of light and not exactly thin ...
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Why does my camera make a whirring noise during a long exposure?

I have a Sony Alpha a55. When I take a long exposure photo, while the shutter is open, the camera makes a whirring sound. What causes this noise and why is it necessary to the camera's operation? ...
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How to photograph star trails AND city lights?

I don't get how this picture was taken: http://500px.com/photo/5956842 I know this is a blended shot and that the city lights are brought out in post but my questions is, why don't the city lights ...
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What is the effect of long exposure on file size?

Is it a rule that long exposure will produce a larger size file compared to a shorter exposure? It seems logical, since you are writing more data to the memory card when you expose for more time. ...
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Why is dark-frame subtraction on my Pentax camera shorter than the exposure time?

When my Pentax K-r applies long exposure noise reduction (dark-frame subtraction), the processing time required for this operation is less than the exposure time. For example, my camera may perform ...
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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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Long exposure water shots tutorial for dummies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make the water silky in water/beach photography? I want to start to do some long exposure shots of water like these: picture from noticeeverything So I don't ...
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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 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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Long exposures without turning night into day

When taking Night Photography you will use long exposures. Sometimes these exposures can be very long. My question is this: How can I take long exposures without turning a night scene into a scene ...
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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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Can I reproduce a photo taken with a larger sensor by converting camera settings to their equivalents?

I was going through Flickr looking at photos taken with a Canon SL1 and came across a cityscape photo taken at night with a very dark sky. The photo is beautiful. Using the kit lens, the settings ...
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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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Why can't some cameras have bigger maximum exposure times?

Why can't, for example, a smartphone camera have longer exposure times (like 10s or more), does it have some hardware limitations that would damage the phone, like, overheat the sensor or something ...
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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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Why mirror lockup on long exposures?

Often when long exposures are discussed, there is a recommendation to use mirror lockup to avoid loss of image sharpness. I fail to understand why the brief vibration, maybe half a second, could ...
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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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Why is my picture of a house and night sky blurred, even though I'm using a tripod and remote? [duplicate]

so I tried to take pictures of a house and the night sky, but everything came out very blurry no matter what I used I shot at 30 sec exposure, F 3.5, ISO 3200 on a tripod using remote
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Does front-curtain sync put blur in front of an object, and rear-curtain sync behind it?

I recently watched Adorama's video on rear curtain sync flash photography. At 4.12 to 4.42, the presenter claims that when using front-curtain sync, the background/long exposure blur will be put on ...
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Are there any digital cameras that show the partial picture mid-exposure?

Inspired by this question. Are there any cameras / firmware hacks out there that read the sensor multiple times during a long exposure, and show the partial picture on the screen? Light-painting ...
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Is the Gorillapod sturdy enough for super-zoom lens and long exposure?

I am interested in buying the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom to be used as a travel tripod. My camera is a D3300 together with a 35mm and a super zoom lens (still haven't decided which one to buy, but something ...
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Is there a way to press once to start and a second time to end bulb mode on a Canon Rebel T3?

I have a Canon Rebel T3. While the shutter speed is set to bulb, can I set it that so when I press the shutter release, it will open, and then press again to close? As it is now I have to continuously ...
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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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Can the Nikon D7000 take more than 100 30-second exposures?

I have tried to take 180 thirty-second exposures by setting the Interval Timer in the camera to 180 and setting 30 seconds on the shutter speed and the shutter locked in continuous mode but it only ...
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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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How fast does a sensor cool down sufficiently after a long exposure?

If I am taking long exposures for star trails how long should I wait between exposures to allow the sensor to cool down?
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Does long exposure mean more details in landscape photos? If not, then how to take sharp landscape photos?

If I take a nature landscape photo using long exposure (tripod+shutter release), would that help me get more details in my photos? Example: (I don't have the high res version handy right now, sorry ...
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What is this bright squarish pattern that I'm getting in long exposure images?

I took few long exposures of the night sky yesterday. I know about the hot pixels those appear brighter with longer exposures but this seems to be something different. Can anybody tell what it is? ...
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What difference do longer exposures such as 30s and 8s make to a photograph?

I have come across feature called longer exposures. How it effects photography? When we have to consider these features?
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How do I practice with a ND filter?

I am headed out soon (a few weeks) on a trip that will include waterfalls, beaches, and a volcano. I've read about neutral density filters and got a set for my camera. But I'm sure there's a ...
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Long Exposure shot - subject too bright

While I was on holiday, I tried to make use of my tripod to take a long exposure shot of Lago di Ledro. I put my Nikon d3300 on shutter priority with ISO of 100/200 and ss of a few seconds, however ...
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Why are my night photos so dark after importing to my computer?

Normally I will shoot photos late at night using long exposures. On the camera, the photos look great... you can see the stars bright and clearly as well as the landscape. But after importing it into ...
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My DSLR always says “subject is too dark” — how can I get started with night photography?

I'm a real beginner at photography, but over this past year I've been trying to teach myself little tricks here and there. Currently I want to start trying out night photography. However, despite ...
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Should I turn off in-camera long exposure noise reduction when shooting for image stacking?

I have never shot with intervalmeter for the purposes of image stacking but want to at least try. I am going to try star trails but my question is this: Should I turn off in-camera long exposure ...
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How to picture thunder when storm is coming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What technique and camera settings should I use to capture lightning strikes? My home town is very lack of thunders, but when time comes, I should be prepared to shoot. ...
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Why are my long exposure sky shots out of focus? [duplicate]

If you take a look at a few of long exposure sky photos at Flickr, I think the context and content of the photo is okay, they are just all blurry. I'm using a tripod, 15 second exposure with a 18mm ...
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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 ...