Using long exposure photography to capture an image is nothing new. In fact, for many photographers, it’s one of the first things they’re excited to try out because of how it allows for results that are so different than anything most other cameras on the market can offer. All sorts of photographers jump at the first opportunity to paint with light, photograph the stars or get a ghosted photo of water plummeting over a waterfall. And, there’s less of an instant-gratification to it. The photographer knows the probable outcome, but the results are still less uniform which can sometimes mean more exciting! But, there are more reasons than these popular cliches for slowing down your shutter speed. In fact, I’d like to offer 5 reasons you might not have considered for long exposure as a technique in your photography.
If you're anything like me, you've probably found that having a system in place for organizing and working on your images in Lightroom is an extremely helpful thing. Lightroom is a really powerful tool with many ways of accomplishing the same task. So, sometimes your best option is to streamline your workflow down to several simple stages that all images make their way through. I don't claim to be a Lightroom expert by any means, but I've found this process of organizing my images to be quite helpful in keeping track of what I am working on, what I'd like to work on and what I've already finished.
I recently came back from a photography trip and made some changes to how I thought about my equipment, how I invested in it and (as a result of the sheer frustration of carrying such a large backpack and only using 1/4 of the stuff in it) how I packed. What I've ended up with, is a kit that is super light, has everything I need for the majority of the times I go out and packs enough quality that I'm not at risk of massively pushing it past its limits like I've done in the past. Here's a run through of what I use...
Long exposure photography is some of my absolute favorite work to produce. There is such a unique quality about it. And, when viewing long exposure photography, you're viewing so much more than just the scene itself. At any longer shutter speed, you're viewing time at that scene. You're seeing a cumulation of what was going on at that scene for a given amount of time. In these instances, your photo is representing something in that scene that the human eye couldn't have witnessed at least not without some imagination.
The Hotel Indigo Downtown St. Petersburg will hold a “meet the artist” open house on Friday, April 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., celebrating its newest artist, Andrew Vernon, a fine arts landscape photographer from Largo, Fla. Vernon’s photographs of striking sunsets, ominous storm clouds and serene water scenes will be on display through the end of the year.
Recently, I had someone tell me that they feel like I am constantly posting photos from new interesting locations. Goodness sakes, I hope that’s true! I get bored with locations. Especially if the weather is similar on visits to a specific spot. It got me thinking though, about my favorite tampa landscape photography spots and exactly how many there actually are. Turns out, while there are definitely more, I have 6 spots that have turned into my go-to locations when I decide its time to shoot a scenic or two.
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