New: The Long Exposure Guide

Long exposure photography is about capturing space and silence, like visually holding your breath; it is about capturing the beauty and calmness of a scene.

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New: The Long Exposure (Click to Learn More)

The aim of this new e-book is to cover the process of capturing long exposure photographs from start to finish. It documents simple steps that can be employed anytime you embark on a long exposure photo shoot.

It can be found here: Long Exposure Photography Guide

This guide has been written with the beginner to the long exposure process in mind; however, the enthusiast and professional alike may find something of relevance also.

It covers everything from the equipment you will need right through to post- production processing in Adobe’s brilliant Lightroom 4. The know-how in this book will enable you to capture stunning long exposure images on even the simplest of camera set-ups.

To start your long exposure journey; all it takes is a camera, tripod, neutral density (ND) filter and patience. Once you have understood the basics, you will be able to develop your style and create dramatic long exposure landscape images.

Topics Covered (34 Pages):

  • What is Long Exposure Photography?
  • Essential Gear and The Myth of Equipment
  • The Theory
  • The Capture Process
  • Post-production Technique
  • Installing Presets
  • Create your own Preset
  • The Long Exposure Lightroom (4) Presets
  • Conclusion

In addition to the eBook, this guide contains six Adobe Lightroom 4 presets to get you started with long exposure post production.

Written and produced by David Cleland, a landscape and reportage photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Cleland is best known for his landscape and documentary photography which has featured in a number of photographic exhibitions his solo exhibition, an exploration of the decay of a 400-year evacuated mill received critical acclaim. His work has been accepted by Getty Images and been published in a number of national publications and used in numerous book covers.

pages from the long exposure

Pages from The Long Exposure

“Long exposure photographs are about capturing space and silence. They are like visually holding your breath and they definitely work best in the calmness of a quiet beach or lake. Once you have learned the technique, the enjoyment moves to finding new challenging locations, and pushing yourself creatively to improve the composition of your work.”

How to Get a Copy:

The guide comes in PDF format that can be read on computers, phones and most tablet computers.

It can be found here: The Long Exposure Photography Guide

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6 Comments

  1. Stuart says:

    I don’t mean to be picky – but 25% off of $5 does not equal an end price of $4.

    The end price should be$3.75 – at the moment your system is only giving a 20% discount.

    • Stuart says:

      Ah ha – so rather than reply and apologise you quietly edit the article to say 20%. Ultra sneaky and even though it’s only $4 you won’t be getting that from me today.

      • Philip Reece says:

        Don’t be a tool. It was an obvious mistake. Why don’t you give me your Paypal address and I will send you the $0.25 you feel need? FYI – I am just a reader and have no affiliation with this site.

        • Stuart says:

          Yup that’s right the old approach of the internet ignore and/or insult. I get both, yay me.

          I accept it was a mistake but they could have been gracious enough to say so even if only by adding an “edit: fixed wrong %age” or some such – instead they ignore me and make me look like an idiot for making the comment in the first place, I’m happy to accept I’m wrong but don’t compound any wrong doing by ignoring those brave to point out mistakes – and if they answered emails to an admin account I would have sent it that way.

          That was one part – you took the other, the insult knowing I either retort and make me appear worse or shut up and make it look as if you are right – I’ll do neither. Instead I offer my reasoned and reasonable reply …. I don’t need not want your money or the book but this now utter dishonesty from them will not get them any money ever from me.

          If they have sense they’ll delete all these comments as they quite clearly are reading them.

  2. Steve McIlree says:

    The process of using a long exposure on every image which contains any moving water has been so overdone that it is now trite. If even a quarter of waterfall or surf pictures were done with a fast shutter to freeze the droplets and splash then the creamy smooth treatment might stand out. But it is as if nearly every auto racing or sport shot was done with an intentional motion blur, it has become overkill. Go ahead folks, get your creamy waterfall pictures, but at the same time take a couple shots where you can see every drop of spray frozen in midair. You might find you like that look.

    • lyle says:

      Your suggestion is a really good one when you have water spraying. Try shooting many shots with a tripod, super high speed shutter, then combine the photos in Photoshop using the statistics option, stack mode maximum (or stack mode range). That will combine them all, keeping all the uniquely captured drops into a composite.

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