Add move­ment / Slow down your ex­po­sure with an ND fil­ter

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills - With than ks to : Nikon School UK at the Nikon Meetup in the Lake District. Visit www.nikon­school.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion

1 Blur it out

Once you have a few stills from your ba­sic setup, liven up the scene with a longer shut­ter speed to blur mov­ing el­e­ments, such as wa­ter and clouds. To do this you’ll need a neu­tral den­sity fil­ter, which dark­ens your whole frame. Here a 10-stop fil­ter gave us a 20-sec ex­po­sure.

2 Cal­cu­late your ex­po­sure

It’s pos­si­ble to use ex­po­sure cal­cu­la­tors or charts to de­ter­mine the dif­fer­ence in shut­ter speed to give a bal­anced ex­po­sure. But in Man­ual mode it’s just as easy to click down the shut­ter speed by 10 stops on the cam­era and take some test shots to re­view as you go.

3 All in the tim­ing

It’s all well and good throw­ing an ND fil­ter on and ex­pect­ing good results, but you have to re­mem­ber that only mov­ing things will be blurred in the fi­nal shot. Wait for clouds to seep into the frame be­fore tak­ing your photo for max­i­mum in­ter­est in the bot­tom and top of the frame.

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