There is a strong interest in doing more long exposure photography events. And now that summer is here and the weather is nicer it is time to shoot.
Whether you are experienced in long-exposure or just getting started, come out and explore what is possible as the skies darken and shutter speeds lengthen.
Feel free to try different approaches to long exposure. At False Creek there will be lots of opportunities to try long exposure with lights, water, people walking (along the sea wall), abstract, etc. I'll provide some examples of different long exposure shots.
Meet at Science World near the front. There I'll go over a few tips for capturing long exposure. After that we'll find our spots and start capturing. Afterwards, at 10:30pm we’ll regroup. Then we’ll head to the Tap and Barrel for a post-meet up chat. And for those that want to stay out, keep warm! Remember – feel free to come a bit earlier or stay a bit later, whatever fits your schedule and photographic needs. If you know you’ll be coming later, just note it in the comments.
What to Bring
A tripod or some way to stabilize your camera while taking long exposures. Natural density filters allow you to increase you shutter speed while it is still light at. Remote shutter release is very helpful in these types of shoots.
Golden Hour: 8:03pm
Blue Hour: 9:39-10:34pm
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.
Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.
Photographic Ideas & Tips
8 Tips for Long Exposure Photography
An In-Depth Guide to Long Exposure Water Photography
-The key with long exposures is adjust your low ISO/aperture in order to increase the shutter speed
-If you have a neutral density filter, it allows you to take longer exposures while it is still bright out. ND2 reduces light by 1 stop; ND4 = 2 stops; ND8 = 3 stops; ND16 = 4 stops
-Polarizing filters can help remove the shine or glare caused by water and its reflections and can effectively block ~1 stop
-If you don’t have a remote, you can use your timer function which allows you to reduce the movement caused by releasing the shutter button
-Using bulb mode allows you to use longer exposures outside your cameras preset shutter speeds. This is where a remote comes in handy.
-If you have an automatic or bridge camera, there are various ways to shoot with a longer exposure time, the key is to understand how your camera works.
-Take the time to think about the composition and what essence you are trying to capture.
-Be creative, experiment, and have fun!
-Lights at night
-Water and its reflections
-The bridges, stadium and Science World
-Blurred motion of seawall walkers
-Movements of the clouds (if there is a wind)
People in Motion Example
Zoom with Long Exposure Example
15sec; ISO 100; 28mm
0.5sec; ISO200; 5mm