Cap­ture serene shots of mov­ing wa­ter us­ing ND fil­ters for long ex­po­sures

Peter Travers show you how to use ND fil­ters to lengthen your ex­po­sures

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one of the great joys of DSLR pho­tog­ra­phy is con­trol­ling your shut­ter speed – which will have a big im­pact on your photos when there’s some­thing mov­ing in shot. Us­ing a fast split-sec­ond shut­ter speed of 1/1000 sec will freeze most move­ment, such as the water­fall in our scene. Whereas slow­ing the shut­ter speed down, any move­ment be­comes blurred. The slower the shut­ter speed, the more the gush­ing wa­ter turns milky, help­ing to cap­ture a sense of move­ment in the water­fall.

There are a few tech­niques you can use to ob­tain the long­est pos­si­ble ex­po­sure. Shoot in over­cast con­di­tions if shoot­ing in day­time – or shoot be­fore first or af­ter last light. Se­lect a nar­row aper­ture to min­imise the amount of light reach­ing your Canon DSLR’S sen­sor, such as f/16, and use the low­est pos­si­ble ISO set­ting on your cam­era. But adding an ND fil­ter will re­ally slow down your shut­ter speeds…

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