Controlling the Light

Light is the one thing every photograph has in common. In fact without it you have nothing. So as photographers we are always on a mission to control or use the light, sometimes by adding in additional light and other times by reducing it. In this photo I wanted to get a slow shutter speed and so that meant reducing the amount of light entering the camera. That’s where a Neutral Density (ND) filter comes in really handy. Basically it’s like putting very dark sunglasses in front of the lens. (In a pinch you could actually try that, too). The...

Long Exposure Fun

I’ve been having some fun with long exposures using an ND8 filter.   The trick is to take a photo which has movement but also some static, solid objects (like rocks).   It pretty much goes without saying that you need a tripod for making these photographs!  With the camera set on the tripod I focussed manually (making sure the IS was turned-off).  I’ve got a Canon 7D so its handy to use the Live View (LCD) on the back of the body.  Zooming in with the Live View is only zooming in the image on screen, not the actual...