Did you know that in certain situations you can make a long exposure photograph without the need for a neutral density filter? It’s true. There are two important things to do before extending your shutter. The first is to bring the ISO down to its lost setting. Next is to close the aperture to the largest number. Once that’s done, your camera has no choice but to make the shutter speed longer to get a good exposure.
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Today. I want to talk about a possible tricky situation. Let’s say that you want to photograph a long exposure, meaning a shutter speed that it’s long enough that you start getting blur in water in the sky or things like that. Hey, this is called and cave was a storyteller with a camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about. And in this video, we’re going to be talking about creating the long exposure without a neutral density filter. I know it might seem a little strange that I’m standing here in the sun, talking to you about how to create a long exposure without a neutral density filter, but in a way it kind of makes some sense. Cause you’re going to really visualize what I’m talking about. As I explain this, it don’t mind the squinting or my voice it’s. I am out here in the sun and the wind and, uh, I am losing my voice.
So I apologize for that. But here’s the scoop. I want to show you how to configure your camera for long exposures. If you don’t have a neutral density filter with you. So I’m going to start with maybe a point where you might be that clicking here is me just sort of adjusting dials, right? So let’s say you’re out making some photos and you’re out during the day and it’s, you’re at ISO 640 and I’m at aperture 3.5 and shutter speed. One, 100th of a second. Now that’s not a great exposure, as you can see, it doesn’t look so, so good. Right? But if all I do is bring the ISO down all the way to 64, which is as low as this camera goes, natively already. The picture looks good in camera, but it’s not quite a long exposure yet. Right? I’m still at a hundredth of a second.
So I can actually take my aperture, which is a 3.5 and go really close to almost all the way on the 50 millimeter 1.8 lens that I’m using right now, the aperture, the largest number I can go to is F 16. So that’s already going to bring the exposure down. The only thing you can see in the background in this photo is that fence, that white fence, all the way in the background, nothing else is really that visible. I’ve already adjusted the ISO that’s step one. I’ve now adjusted the f-stop, which is step two. Step three, of course, is to adjust the shutter speed. So the only thing I can do is open up. Now this camera, while recording video can only go to a 60th of a second. So I’m going to switch to a photo photo mode and capture what this photo would look like at the longest shutter speed with my ISO set to 64. And my f-stop set to 16. Keep in mind that you can actually in many cameras, bring that ISO down beyond the native ISO. So in this camera, I think that can go down two or three more stops with my ISL.
So in photo mode, I was able to go to a fifth of a second. That’s pretty long for a standard exposure. Of course, there’s other things you can do, like exposure compensation. And as I mentioned earlier, bringing that ISO below the native ISO level. So it’ll say low one, low two and things like that,
So that my friends is how you get to a long exposure, a long open shutter speed without in neutral density filter, get that ISO down as much as possible and only use the low ISO one or low ISO two. If you really, really have to close up that aperture to the, the largest number it can do, which is really the smallest aperture and make that 16 2232, whatever your lens offers, get it as large of a number as possible. Last opened up that shutter speed. If you can get it to a fifth of a second or longer, you’re going to start getting the effects of a long exposure photograph with a neutral density filter, but without under the density filter, thanks for watching, I’ll see you the next video, but be sure to click that subscribe button because I publish new videos every Monday and Thursday, whenever possible. You don’t want to miss it.