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Well they move way too fast for stacking photos. You may want to use a wide aperture lens with ISO 1600 or more and capture trails of the fireflies using bulb mode. Shoot it in such a way that the fireflies are bright while the yard is quite dark. Next, shoot with proper settings so that the yard is bright enough. Ignore the fireflies. Then in Photoshop, ...


This might sound lame but you could use a hose or tap to make your own "waterfalls". Even putting objects in the way to change the path of the water and see what it does to the water trails. Try it at different times of day or different light to see how it affects the outcome. All my long exposures have always been a very digital age way of doing it. Try ...


You could practice getting long exposures of roadways with moving cars, assuming you have some of those available... that's probably my most common reason for messing with an ND filter, since I don't really like the look of moving cars frozen in place. Image below is a 1-second exposure of the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Something that I just thought of to add ...


You don't need waterfalls, beaches, or volcanos to test what exposure length your camera can handle without excessive noise, ISO settings, tripod issues, sunlight versus cloudy, etc. You can test all that in your back yard. The only thing you can't test that way is optimal length of exposure for the effect you are trying to achieve. However, that is ...


Essentially, this is related to the two exposures that you get when using a flash: from the ambient light from the flash light, which is brighter than the ambient, thus can overpower it shorter (does not last the entire shutter speed), thus can freeze action not illuminating everything The last one is the important thing here. A usual way to think ...


It is like you said: Expose on the background in order to get the background correct. However, the face will then often be too dark, so you could use a flash. But you cannot do it reverse: If you expose on the face, then the background is too light, but you cannot correct this. As an option, if you want to avoid a flash, you could make a series and make a ...


It means to set your camera to expose the sky correctly. If you are in Manual exposure mode you need to look in your viewfinder to see if the ISO/shutter speed/aperture you have selected exposes the sky properly by looking to see what the meter is telling you. Adjust the ISO/shutter speed/aperture until the exposure meter in your viewfinder says you are ...

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