Long Exposure Photography Tips – Firecrest ND Filters & Exposure Blending

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Using ND Filters…

Long exposure photography is one of the most interesting ways to experiment with your scene and creativity. I have been shooting long exposures for almost 13 years, so I thought it was time a provided a couple of tips about it 🙂

In part 1 of the videos below, I explain the importance of using an ND filters to soften the water while the golden light is still lingering in the sky. If you break your scene into puzzle pieces for blending like me, you will understand why I take one exposure for the sky, one for the foreground, and in this case, one for the “long exposure” water effect.

Once I get back to my workstation and start post processing, I choose the exposures that showcase the best light of the scene, and I blend them together. This is why it is so important to know when to use your ND filters so that the light values match the other exposures for post production. 

Side note: If you are interested in what filters to purchase, I highly recommend Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Filters. They leave no color cast and don’t harm image quality at all! Also, if you do decide to buy those, they gave me a discount code for all of my viewers to save 10% off of any purchase! Just use code: EMARKS10 at checkout.

Watch part 1 below for my long exposure tips in the field.

Using Luminosity Masks To Piece Your Puzzle Together…

In Part 2, I show you how to leverage luminosity masks in post production to seamlessly blend everything together.

I chat with so many photographers that are literally afraid to photograph brackets or multiple exposures just because they don’t know how to blend everything together in Photoshop. If you think that blending exposures together is accomplished by manually brushing and masking every pixel of your photo, have not fear! My video below will show you a better way!

Ok, now that I am starting to sound like an infomercial, I will stop typing and let you watch part 2 so you can actually see me blend all of the exposures from the first video. 😉

The Final Image…

Fujifilm X-T2 | Exposure Blend From Three Images


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