Long exposure can be quite a fun trick to play with.
We all see those amazing photos of night cityscapes, misty water, spinning stars... All of those are thanks to long exposure photography. I have always been a fan of this technique. It was one of many reasons I wanted my DSLR. Then I got my trusty Canon... and have yet to really learn how to master long exposure.
While I would have loved to get a more dramatic, awe-inspiring shot for this day's challenge, mommyhood came into play. And the lack of a second car. And hubby working late. And... Pottermore. (Oh, don't even get me started on that!)
I decided to try a ghost image. I have seen this here and there, and wanted one for myself. We have a mirror hanging on the wall in our living room. Once my kiddos were asleep, I set up my tripod (man am I happy I bought it!) and set to playing around.
Tricks for long exposure photography?
- Tripod! Any shake can blur the shot. So tripod it up!
- Set camera to timer mode (if you're like me and don't own a remote) Again: Shake is bad.
- Low ISO. My camera goes to 100. So there it stayed!
- Closed f-stop (aperature). For my main shot I set mine to f11
- Open that shutter! My shutter was set at 13". That is 13 seconds of holding that baby open.
What did I do next?
Played hide and seek with my camera of course!
I set my focus then hit the trigger. The timer counted down then *click* the shutter opened. I stood in place for a few seconds, then quickly ducked out of frame and let the camera finish taking the shot.
The result was a ghost image of myself taking a photo. Love it!
(Though now that I look at it, I should have straightened that slip cover. Hmm...)
After this, I am itching for a chance to go explore long exposure even more. As fun as the ghost shot was, I am dying to get some great night photos and water shots. Add that to my list of musts!