Long Exposure - What settings?

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  1. crowl31

    crowl31 TPF Noob!

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    This may be a dumb question but if I want to take a long exposure of say a water fall what should i set my camera to?
     
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    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

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    the proper exposure.....

    for water fall shots you need to


    -shoot in manual

    -use a neutral density filter and/or a polarizer to limit the amount of incoming light

    -use a smaller aperture like f11 or higher

    -use a tripod

    -use you cameras light meter as a starting point for the correct exposure
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    First of all, you'll need to use a neutral density filter, because no lens can close it's aperture enough to compensate for the amount of light you'll be letting in with a long shutter time.

    Start by using your camera to shutter priority mode and setting the shutter for 3-5 seconds and then try bracketing from there.

    And, of course, you'll need to use a tripod.
     

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