I have started with long exposure photography a couple of years ago and it has become my favourite and personal style in photography. I like the unique visual effects that wind and clouds shape and create and which my camera will record. I have learned to visualize these effects upfront and still there is always an element of surprise. One has to be patient in long exposure photography. The true potential of an image will reveal itself often only afterwards when processing the pictures.
This is a personal guide in which I would like to share my learnings with anyone who is interested in long exposure photography and the work behind my photographs.
This guide consists of the following sections:
- Picking the Gear – the camera, the lenses, neutral density filters and more
- Planning and anticipating long exposures – watching and anticipating clouds, wind and direction of sunlight is essential when planning your long exposure photo trip
- Making a long exposure photograph – choosing an optimum viewpoint and determining correct exposure for a good long exposure photograph
- My post processing workflow for long exposure – the steps from the camera RAW to a black and white long exposure photograph ready for an online post
And if you are interested in more long exposure photographs: I regularly post my images on 500px.com/tgreutmann.