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Capture Motion and Stillness

With your camera and ND filter, you can capture motion and stillness. It gives you a 'fluid - blurry - organic' feel to your shots, which are always static in nature.

This exercise helps you to better understand your camera. We take static shots daily. What if the shutter speed is slowed down intentionally? The picture would be overexposed. What if you compensate for over-exposure and still slow down the shutter? You'd get correct exposure but blurry movement in your photos. How much blurry movement do we want? A lot? A little? That's where we experiment with the shutter open for 1/2 second, 1 second, 2 seconds and see what we discover in our shots.

You might find yourself going as slow as possible (in terms of shutter speed settings), after stopping your lens aperture all the way down and choosing the slowest ISO you have, yet still not getting a slow enough exposure, like maybe if the sun is too bright.

In such cases, you need a Neutral Density Filter (ND Filter). It's like sunglasses for your lens. When your camera detects dark conditions, the shutter speeds slow down.

Google for ND Filters and find out what's ND2, ND4 and what all the numbers mean.

What you need to bring:

Tripod

ND Filters of various densities (I use a variable ND Filter)

Camera

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  • Kristy C.

    Ron , thanks for your help on last sat! It was a great way to learn.

    December 10, 2012

  • ron

    You're welcome, Xa! We have seen classroom lessons where numbers are thrown at the students and they memorize f-stops, speed settings, etc. Or we can have practical lessons by learning and doing just one thing at a time. Today was speed setting. Now our members know what it can do by intentionally blurring or freezing moving objects.
    I'm preparing the next event to use that speed setting to change the exposure.

    December 9, 2012

  • Xa C.

    Thanks Ron for organizing, it was fun to play with this topic ;-)

    December 9, 2012

  • Ying

    Hey Ron and everyone, nice to met you and thanks for your help. Really enjoyed this afternoon!

    December 8, 2012

  • grace c.

    Really enjoy the meetup. Learn a lot! Thanks Ron and all!! Though it is still the long way for me to take photos as above. Add oil!!

    December 8, 2012

  • ron

    Quite a large number of 'no shows' today. Seriously guys?

    December 8, 2012

  • ron

    Good way of learning about camera shutter speeds and how it affects our shots. Turnout was fair as a so many people dropped out at the last moment. From 31 attendees down to 21 when it's close to the date. I have lots to say about this soon.

    December 8, 2012

  • ron

    Kirsty, call me . Ron[masked]

    December 8, 2012

  • Kristy C.

    Exercise me where' r u guys?

    December 8, 2012

  • Xa C.

    Sorry, I'll be there a bit late (10min)

    December 8, 2012

  • ron

    I'll be there an hour early, but I'll be in Stanley Street looking at some lighting stuff. I'm planning a model shoot on the 15th December for our group.

    December 8, 2012

    • Vall

      Hey Ron, Can I join you ?

      December 8, 2012

  • ron

    Guys, remember to bring your tripods.

    December 8, 2012

    • Vall

      Yeah, this one I have ^^

      December 8, 2012

  • Vall

    Wow, I was so nervous ^^ you're so fast, thanks so much Grace ! I'm gonna buy them if you can wait for me... Ron, thanks so much, I have the 77mm, 67mm, 62mm and 52mm diameters. If it's possible to borrow you some ^^

    thanks so much for your kindness :D Can't wait to see you guys !

    December 8, 2012

  • ron

    Grace knows. Yes, we'll be near some camera shops there. You can get your filters at Stanley Street, just 5 minutes away.

    December 8, 2012

  • grace c.

    vall i think u can goto central photography shop n get one. 天祥

    December 8, 2012

  • ron

    Sure Vall. Come along. What camera and lenses do you have? I'll see if my filters can fit yours. my filters can fit 77mm, 67mm and 52mm diameters.

    December 8, 2012

  • Vall

    Hey, I wanted to buy filters, but still don't have time to buy it... May I join even if I don't buy the filters it yet ?

    December 8, 2012

  • Kristy C.

    I m new here, I wanna know is this activity FOC?

    November 27, 2012

    • ron

      Yes, Christy. Our events are generally free...just photographers sharing tips with other photographers. If there's payments like model shoots, it will be stated in the event.

      November 28, 2012

  • Alex Tin (.

    Gahh... hey Ron!
    Thanks for holding this workshop.. unfortunately I can't make it that weekend.

    Any chance you'll do it again?

    Thanks and i hope you do! haha

    November 23, 2012

    • ron

      Alex, we'll do it again, for sure.

      November 23, 2012

  • ron

    I just checked. Singh Ray is the most expensive. They darken the picture without changing the color and they use good glass. My H&Y has a very, very slight change in color as I get darker. Just a little pinkish at the darkest level.
    So if you can afford it, get the best. If you're a cheapskate like me, get an affordable one that still does a good job.

    November 23, 2012

  • ron

    You can ask the salesman to help you choose adapter rings. Again, bring your lenses along with you. I hear you can get good prices at DC Fever.

    November 23, 2012

  • ron

    Not there, Carol. Sham Shui Po has mostly other types of accessories like lens covers, triggers, bags, stands, tripods, etc.
    Get good lens filters from Tin Cheung in Mongkok or Stanley Street. Many brands to choose from. Mine is H&Y Adjustable ND filter that gives ND2 to ND400. The larger the number, the darker the exposure. It costs more initially at HK$900 but I don't have to get so many individual filters. I just twist the ring to get the right exposure.
    Bring your lens with you. My filter diameter varies from 77mm, to another 72mm and a small 52mm. What I buy is the 77mm ND Variable filter, then buy adapter rings for mounting onto my other smaller lenses. Rings cost about HK$30 each.

    November 23, 2012

  • Carol

    ron, will u suggest buying ND filters in shumshuipo?

    November 23, 2012

  • May

    looks fun, unfortunately i cannot join....

    November 21, 2012

  • Edith C.

    wow...be safe when back to home :-)
    i just browsed Tin Cheung website. Seems they've lot of products with wide price range. i'll visit the shop definitely. thanks Ron

    November 20, 2012

  • ron

    Hi Edith....I'm drunk from wine tasting. While they talked, I finished a bottle of red and another white....
    All ND filters last forever, unless you lose it, so they're all reliable.
    As for ND filters for NEX-5, you can try asking camera shops for Marumi ND Filters for your camera model. Bring your camera when shopping for accessories. Test them out.
    Warning:DON'T.....go to those shops that has big names like NIKON, CANON, SONY....and no shop name. They are certified scammers! They give HK a bad reputation as liars and cheats.
    Go to Stanley Street in Central and ask the shops there. Or go to Tin Cheung in Mongkok as they are reputed to have honest people to ask advice. They have a shop in Stanley Street and TST, too.

    November 20, 2012

  • Edith C.

    hi ron, i am interested in this. But i don't have ND filter for my Sony Nex-5. Where can i buy an inexpensive but reliable ND filter? do you have suggestion to me?

    November 20, 2012

  • Geo

    Awesome, C U...

    November 20, 2012

  • ron

    I've set the date and venue, guys.

    1 · November 20, 2012

  • Geo

    Checking-in for date/time..?

    November 20, 2012

  • Rajiv

    date please

    November 19, 2012

  • ron

    Don't know where to shoot this yet.

    November 16, 2012

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