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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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ND filter vs stopping down for long exposures?

To achieve long exposures in daylight, one might need to stop down, or use an ND filter. By stopping down, the depth of field increases, but at some point the image quality/sharpness will suffer, due ...
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How was this long exposure crowd shot taken?

How does one take a photo like this: http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/2012part2/bp23.jpg Can this be done without significant post-processing? The people sitting ...
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How can I simulate a long exposure photo using a set of shorter exposure photos?

I'm shooting towards the sky to capture the stars. The exposure time is 15 seconds, so I can see the stars still, without a trace. These photos are taken continuously one after the other, because I ...
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ND Filter not Dense enough - How do I get long exposures in very bright situations, where my ND filter isn't enough?

What is the best way to achieve very long exposures in very bright, sunlit conditions? Right now, I have a Hoya ND-400 X filter (9 stops reduction), and even with my camera set to ISO 50, and F22, my ...
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Can stacking multiple exposure images in post-processing give the same effect as a long exposure?

I like to shoot daytime long exposures, where the exposure time is around two minutes. That shows the motion of the clouds in daylight. I used a Hoya nd400 (which is 9 stops) stacked together with a ...
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Does “long exposure noise reduction” option make any difference when shooting RAW?

I can configure my camera (5D) to use long exposure noise reduction (dark frame is exposed and subtracted), but is this method really effective when shooting RAW? Or is the actual subtraction only ...
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How do I set the focus in long exposure night sky shots?

I want to catch a good long exposure (5 - 15 seconds) shot of the International Space Station in the night sky as it passes over my city. Setting the ISO higher (say, to 100) and the exposure time is ...
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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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Is this a reflection in my photo?

I can't quite figure out what exactly is appearing in my photo. I was thinking it could be a reflection but I really don't know. This is the full size image, then a crop at 100%. No Photoshop has ...
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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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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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What's the difference between a closed and open aperture diaphragm for night street photos?

I'm capturing a picture during night and to a street with a lot of cars running over the street. What happens (in general, from a theoretical point of view) if I shoot the same photo under the ...
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Waterfall exposure time with Nikon d5100 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make good fountain/waterfall photos? How do I make the water silky in water/beach photography? yesterday I went outside my town, and tried to picture ...
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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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Why are there limitations to the upper limit of exposure time in digital cameras?

For example, my Canon 550D will only go as far as 30 sec (and then of course the bulb mode). For measuring exposure, I think all the camera needs is a timer, and I have no doubt they would have to do ...
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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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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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Using Light - Effects of Long Exposures?

The photo below is an example of using more light to get a movement effect of water. I know of a couple more tricks such as motion in clouds, motion with light (highway). Was wondering if their are ...
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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 filter should I buy if I wanted to do 5 min shutter speed in daylight?

What type of filter would I need to create an image such as the following: http://500px.com/photo/10158205
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How to photograph panning with a point and shoot camera?

I have recently learnt about panning photography on the internet and I was curious about capturing one myself, But as an amateur I just own a Point and shoot camera (Samsung SL30), I have ...
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How can I avoid star effect on light sources on long exposure photos?

I'm about to make some long exposure photos, but I don't want them to have this star effect on light sources. Can I avoid that with any filter? For this shot I used a Canon 18-55mm lenses. Note that ...
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How can I take long exposure photos with a webcam?

I have a very simple webcam made by A4tech. It already has an exposure function (in its settings) and it's good in low light. I want to be able to take even longer exposures. I have found this but ...
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How can I prevent blurred images when using a tripod?

I'm doing panoramic HDR photography for work using one of those stupid cheap mirror balls mounted on a tripod (not my decision!) and I am noticing on my longer exposures that sometimes I'm getting ...
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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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Why is the lowest ISO always 100?

The lowest ISO on digital cameras always seems to be 100. It would sometimes be useful to have much lower ISOs, mainly for long exposure photography. What isn't there any 50, 20, or even 10 ISO ...
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How do I find a semi-professional camera able to open the shutter for long exposure (night shots)?

How can I find which semi-professional camera has the resource to open the shutter for long exposure, with the purpose to take night shots?
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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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coastal sunrise long exposure

I want to take a photo at sunrise with a long exposure of the sea which contains old World War 2 boat docking equipment in the sea. will i need to have a ND filter to achieve this as during the day ...
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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 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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Blurred water effect

I have recently purchased a DSLR ( Canon EOS 500D) and am going to Rome in May with it. As you will probably know Rome is quite well known for its great fountains. When in Rome I wanted to try to take ...
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How do I lengthen shutter speed with out washing out the picture?

I read this question, and I tried some long exposure shots myself. Every one of my shots though, is washed out. How do I achieve a long shutter speed while keeping the lighting looking natural?
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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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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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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 type of camera setup is required to take photos of luciferase?

I'm working with luciferase which has a wavelength of blue 480 nm and I want to be able to take a photo of it. The trouble is, I can see the luciferase glowing in all of its glory in front of me but ...
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Where does the noise come from in a long exposure?

I created another test. This time I exposed for 36 minutes, because I wanted to test star photography. This is not meant to be a nice photo; I really just tested. Camera was inside the house behind ...
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What causes strange spiral pattern on my star line?

Ok, so I created this test image. The camera was behind the window, I just tested long exposure photography on the single star I saw. It was about 20 minutes of expo, star was out of focus (I really ...
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Will long exposure night shots damage my camera?

I've been looking into long exposure photography for star tracking. How does it negatively (if at all) affect your camera?