In contrast to the fast shutter speeds I used for photographing the Syracuse Crunch hockey games, photographer Andrew S. Gibson’s ebook SLOW explores the use of long exposure photography. (See below for special discount codes) This is a kind of photography I call In Motion Photography and curate a weekly photo theme on Google+ featuring people’s captures of motion in still photos.
The first part of SLOW goes over long exposure hand-held photography techniques of Panning and Intentional Camera Movement (ICM). Though I am familiar with both of these techniques, Andrew had a couple of different ways of getting dreamy looking landscapes which I want to try out. This part of the ebook closes with a case study by another photographer, Doug Chinnery, who explains in depth how he uses ICM to create beautiful works of art. Like all motion photography techniques, getting good results with ICM takes practice and many exposures. Doug summed it up best with this comment, “The results can be disastrous, but often amazing things emerge.”
The second part of SLOW explores the use of tripods and filters for very long exposures which can go into minutes or even hours instead of a fraction of a second.
Andrew talks about the equipment he feels is necessary and optional to slow and steady your camera to lengthen shutter speeds from multiple seconds to minutes to even hours by use of a tripod, polarizing and neutral density filters, location and time of day. He explains and shows the results of each filter using stunning photos from New Zealand.
SLOW concludes by going over how to correctly expose for long exposures, minimize noise, visualize composition, finding locations and working a scene once you find one to come back with photographs with the WOW factor using long exposures. This section ends with another case study by photographer Joel Tjintjelaar who specializes in black and white long exposure photography. Truly amazing work in which Joel explains his approach to using slow shutter speeds for high impact photographs.
Craft & Vision has issued two discount codes to celebrate the release of SLOW: The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography by Andrew S. Gibson. To save $1 off the price of this ebook, use code SLOW4 when checking out or you can save 20% off the cost of 5 ebooks from Craft & Vision by using code SLOW20. These codes are only good until 11:59PM on November 18, 2012 so get yours today!
That does look intriguing, Scott! I do have a serious love in my heart for long exposures.
At the same time, I’ve just noticed something – most of what I shoot is on one or the other extreme end of the scale: long exposures, where you’re waiting, waiting, waiting for the shutter to close again on the one side, and capturing birds of prey in full flight with my camera on the other, where you’d do well to find something faster and more agile than a stooping peregrine falcon… hmm. I’m gonna go meditate on that now.
Don’t meditate too long, Simone. The discount codes only last a few days. 😉
There are some neat ideas in the ebook I bet the landscapes of Ireland would look amazing with.
Great post Scott, thanks for sharing the info !!
I have not tried shooting waterfalls with long exposure, I wonder what a 1 hour exposure looks like.
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