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Long Exposure and Time-Lapse

Long exposure and time-lapse photography skills are great to have, no matter your experience level. These tips will be helpful in the planning and implementation of these techniques.

Long exposure photography lets you sharply capture stationary subjects while blurring moving subjects. When performing long exposure photography, simply set your DSLR up on tripod and pre-set your shutter speed up to 30 seconds. These will allow you to capture beautiful light trails of moving cars or turn flowing water into a velvety-looking stream over sharply focused rocks. You can also get creative with long exposure by experimenting with light painting.

Time-lapse is the technique of taking a sequence of frames at set intervals to record changes that take place over time. The set of images can then be compiled to create a movie that condenses the passage of time, so that a slow action appears to be happening quickly.

Time-lapse videos can be created in two ways. Some Nikon cameras such as the D750 and D7200 feature a built-in time-lapse function that automatically creates the video in camera. Alternatively, other DSLRs such as the D610 or D5500 have an interval timer function that allows you to take multiple images that can then be edited together at a later stage. This is great for capturing subjects such as stars moving across the night sky, or sunrises and sunsets. The built- in exposure smoothing function that is available in some Nikon DSLRs automatically adjusts exposure between shots to ensure your sequences look seamless.

As long exposure and time-lapse photography require a lot of time, remember to plan in advance to get the most out of the moment.

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