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    9 creative photo ideas to try in September

    | Photography Tips | 01/09/2013 00:01am
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    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 06 Shoot long and short exposures – and blend them

    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 06 Shoot long and short exposures - and blend them

    Try using a standard ND filter to create a typical long exposure landscape, but then blend it with elements of an image taken with a much shorter exposure.

    The resulting combination will have an intriguing quality that a straight long exposure can lack.

    Carlos Resende from Portugal produced this image using this technique. At first, it looks like a standard minimalist long exposure, until you realise the people on bikes would be blurred if this was the case.

    “I had a pre-conceived idea of making a long exposure at this location in Lisbon,” he says.

    “After arriving at the scene, and determining the focal length and the strength of Neutral Density filter required, I noticed a father and son out cycling.

    “I quickly took a test shot in order to work out the exposure time for the long exposure, but I soon realised that the inclusion of this moment and its fusion with the pre-conceived long exposure would result in an image with greater impact.”

    Get started today…
    * Seek out a location where you’ll get a high volume of traffic.
    * Choose a vantage point where the effects of the ND filter will be easily noticeable, such as close to water, or perhaps against a cloud-filled sky on a windy day.
    * Be sure to shoot your photographs of both exposures in raw. This will enable you to match white balance, exposure and colours before you blend the shots in Photoshop.

    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 01 Shoot hot air balloons
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 02 Shoot common household objects
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 03 Shoot amazing skies with a polarising filter
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 04 Shoot a city as a ghost town
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 05 Shoot a summer storm
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 06 Shoot long and short exposures – and blend them
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 07 Shoot a portrait that plays with perspective
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 08 Shoot a late summer scene
    Creative Photo Ideas for September: 09 Shoot a black and white landscape

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