Getting great images from long exposures take practice.
Photographer Gareth Rockliffe gives us great advice on
creating stunning images that show movement.
Playing with Long Exposures
with Gareth Rockliffe
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- A social media App, similar to Instagram but without ads or data mining.
- Allows posting of photos and videos (up to 30 minutes!)
- Free to download and free to use.
- Ability to create a “Premium Content” subscription page.
- Offer more content for “patrons” at $4.99/month.
- “Sell” to anyone who has purchased from you in the past.
- Allows subscribers to keep up with current projects, see behind-the-scenes and work-in-progress images and stories.
- At least once per week post a complete backstory of an image.
- Gives a personal connection to the artist by supporting them.
- As an artist, you get 60% of the fees collected.
“Knowing the backstory builds your appreciation, your understanding, and your connection to the art.”
- All projects start with an idea. Look through forums and feeds for inspiration, then try to figure out how it was done.
- Schedule your time to play. Play is a really important part of any project.
“You don’t copy art, you steal it. You bring it into yourself and make it part of your own creation.”
Long Exposures – Capturing Movement in a Static Image
Things that are static stay static, things that are moving show movement.
Shutter speed: How much movement do you want?
– Figuring it out takes practice.
– Watch for patterns of movement and try to time the shutter to catch a pattern that appeals to you.
– Set the shutter speed for the speed of the subject.
– A super long exposure will create a mist-like appearance from the movement.
– Use graduated filters to help balance out the sky.
– Bracketing can be tough and may create “artifacts” where movement occurs.
Layer and merge 3 bracketed images for static structures. Choose the best of the three for movement, then wipe away the unwanted layers.
– Getting rid of unwanted movement (tree branches or leaves blowing in the wind) – take a fast shutter static image of the trees and blend it with a long exposure for the water.
“Knowing when to stop processing is as big a part of the creative process as anything.”
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