The best way to set up your camera for daytime long exposures
It’s important to take your time setting up your camera for a long exposure. Keeping the camera steady is a must, so make sure your tripod’s legs are on a firm base; make good use of any ledges or holes in rocks, or push the feet into sand or shingle.
If it has one, take advantage of your DSLR’s electronic level: hit the Info button until it’s displayed on the rear screen, then tilt the camera left or right until the line turns green: this will ensure that your horizon is level.
Loosely compose your shot, check the level, then fine-tune the framing. If you have an older camera body, you may need to use a hotshoe-mounted bubble level instead.
Finally, make use of Live View. With a strong ND filter in front of the lens it can be hard if not impossible to make out the image through the viewfinder.
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