Day 16: Long exposure
Picking up from the previous day, today’s challenge involved slow shutter speeds and long exposures. This time during the day.
Things start getting a bit more technical. If you want slow shutter speed and long exposure, you need to increase your f-stops and get your ISO to as low as possible. But what if you want to keep that smooth bokeh and shallow depth of field?
That’s where creativity comes in place… and ND filters. a.k.a sunglasses for your lens.
I like shooting videos, so ND filters were one of the first things I was introduced to, as shutter speed is the one thing you don't want to play and mess around with when shooting video.
The challenge for me was to find the right subject. I had a number of ideas of what I wanted to shoot, but most of them consisted of models, or someone helping me out with some props. So I had to improvise.
I decided to go “fish’ for movement close to the British Museum at lunchtime. The rainy weather was an added bonus.
I set up my camera, but it wasn’t enough to just shoot long exposures, I needed something that remained steady, to use it as my subject focus. What’s more iconic than the red phone booth?
Similarly, with the previous day, I loved shooting this. I like this type of photography more and more, and I find myself trying new things all the time.
Onwards and upwards!