Shot of the Day
Once Jenny had got to grips with using the histogram, and understood how the choice of shutter speeds and apertures was limited by the brightness of the scene she was shooting, she was well on her way to getting better results.
By using the ND filters she was able to experiment with blurring the slow-moving water to achieve a simpler result.
Jenny just needs to get into the habit of taking her tripod with her more often, and finding the time to use it, so that she can keep experimenting with different shutter speeds without fear of getting blurred results.
Shooting in the dark conditions in the bluebell wood, I realised how important it is to take my tripod, as even shooting at the widest aperture made it difficult to get sharp results.
With the camera on the tripod, I was also able to really understand how to use the histogram display and then the exposure compensation to get the correct exposure.
Until Chris explained how Neutral Density filters worked, I’d always wondered how photographers managed to achieve long shutter speed effects in a range of lighting conditions.
By using the filter to get extremely long shutter speeds I was able to get the soft, milky water that I have seen in other photos, without having to shoot at sunrise or sunset.
PAGE 1: Breaking bad landscape photography habits
PAGE 2: Getting the right exposure
PAGE 3: Exploring shallow depth of field
PAGE 4: Experiment with shoot long exposures
PAGE 5: Three filters for shooting at slower shutter speeds
PAGE 6: Shot of the Day
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