The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light by Jim Miotke download in pdf, ePub, iPad
Super-Slow Not Always Best Although you'll seldom go wrong by shooting with the slowest shutter speed you can get, sometimes the longest exposure is not the best option. But when the subject calls for it, angling the camera is one fine artistic weapon. Low Light This means thick overcast, deep shade, sunrise, sunset, or twilight, or indoors. Long exposures require a steady camera - via a tripod or other sturdy support. In any case, long exposures don't just happen.
For instance, with free-flowing water no rocks or other obstructions or higher lighting contrast in the scene, the result can be an unsightly big-and-bright-white blur washed out with no texture. At least three BetterPhoto galleries include many excellent examples of flowing-water effects. The camera's auto-metering system will then compensate for the small aperture by lengthening the exposure time. More distant scenes require much slower speeds to convey that soft-movement look.
Used at the right artistic time, a nice tip of the camera can pump up the visual tension by creating great angles and diagonals. Early one morning in Las Vegas, I was attracted by a hotel's repetition of balconies and windows.
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