So I had a friend of mine show me some photos that were done with a very small constant light (actually an old iPod classic) and because of the long exposure they were able to light the scene very professionally and creatively. So I wanted to experiment and try some long exposure shots myself. So with my new toy (motorcycle) I gathered my trusty Canon 7D, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens and tripod and headed to the garage where my bike was sitting.
So I needed to find a source of light as I was going to be shooting in complete darkness. So I headed to the store looking for something that I could use to “paint” light over the sections of my bike that I wanted to expose.
I ended up finding the above Energizer keychain LED flashlight. So this light doesn’t put out a lot of light, but it could be very precise as well as very broad depending on how far I held the light from its target. So for $5 I figured it was worth the investment (picked it up from Home Depot).
So now I had a subject (bike) had my gear and finally had a small light. I was ready.
With the lights on in the garage I setup the camera on the tripod and framed the shot accordingly. Set the camera to manual focus (as it wouldn’t be able to auto focus in the dark) and then set my camera for 30 second exposure, f11, ISO 100, and lastly set the timer for 2 seconds. I was ready.
I then turned off the lights, fired the shutter, and painted the bike with my little flashlight.
The following pictures were my 2 favourite shots form the 8 photos that I took. I kinda wish that I had given the bike a little bit of a wash, but all in all I was very pleased with the outcome of the photos.
If there are any questions as to how these photos were taken please let me know. I will continue to play with light exposure as well as long exposure.
So Canon has the new 6D and Nikon has the new D600. So when you just look at the specs it kinda looks like the Nikon should completely dominate this competition. But is that how it goes down? Watch the video below to see how the two cameras compare.
So I have tried to do time lapse photography just once and i think it turned out pretty well (ill post the videos below). Their are a few extras that you’ll need to really take good time lapse including tripod and an intervelometer (i sure hope i spelled that right).
Anyways check the article it has a good video in it as well.
And here is my video.
Shooting lightning, the moon, the stars or just about anything at night can be a bit on the difficult side if you don’t know what you are doing. So check out this article. Has some great samples as well.
No one just starts out as a Professional Photographer. Like most things we need to do it to get better, plus we should do that thing with someone who is better at it then us. So being able to be a photographers assistant is sometimes a great experience. Here’s an article that talks about 12 Rules that will help you better prepare and be successful.
Here is a big list of tips from Eric Kim. I may not 100% agree with all of them. But definitely the majority. Great list to keep in your thoughts.
This is something that I would definitely like to do more of. Shoot wildlife. Sure, I know myself some good tips and strategies, like have a zoom lens, but what else? Check the link.