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Long Exposure Photography

Guest author Nicole S Young shares her tips for beginner photographers who want to take better pictures of waterfalls or moving water in general.

Shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach using a Neutral Density filter

If you've ever wanted to master the art of long exposure photography, taking photos measured in full seconds or multiples of seconds, you'll need to know more about the Neutral Density Filter. Guest author Jim Hamel goes through selecting a ND filter and then the 5 steps to mastering it. Used properly, camera filters and the 10-stop ND filter will allow you to achieve effects that are not possible to add in post-processing. It will add a real “wow” factor to your photos especially when there is water, clouds, or moving lights involved

In this article by guest author Serge Ramelli learn how to create a fake long exposure look to your waterfall or other images using Photoshop. He walks you through step by step with screenshots or you can also watch the video. Some great tips you can apply to other things too.

Challenge yourself this month to do some long exposure photography - 10 seconds or longer. There are tips for success and example images included in the article - read on for more on how to participate and enter to win a prize.

Photographing light trails at night is a fun way to make some stunning images. This how to guide shows you exactly how to do this from what equipment you need, finding a good location, timing the shots and even a bonus advanced tip on how to combine multiple images for even greater effect.

A guest article by Jesse Summers on astral night photography. Tips for finding a good spot, minimal gear you need to do the job and how to set up your camera to get the best exposures. Follow his tips and you can do some great night photography!

Tips for stunning night photography images from photographer Jesse Summers from "Into the Night". In this short 30 minute interview, Jesse shares way to find locations with no noise pollution, how to find the Milky Way, the formula for exposure times that insure clear crisp photos plus a whole lot more.

Guest author Gabriel Biderman gives some great tips on what equipment you need, some good starting points for exposure, and what to photograph at night for some stunning images.

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