November 14th 2012 by Andrew S Gibson
In essence, photography is simple. Any photo is built on four settings: focal length, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These four factors, as well as the lighting and composition, determine the ‘look’ of the photo.
Slow: The Magic of Long Exposure Photography, my latest ebook, hones in on one of these settings. It explores the topic of using slow shutter speeds to make creative and emotive images. I find this an interesting technique because the resulting photos don’t represent reality. It is interpreting the scene rather than directly recording it. And interpretation is the key to making beautiful and original images.
Slow takes you through the creative possibilities of using slow shutter speeds, from blurring motion with a shutter speed of 1/30 second all the way to long exposure techniques using shutter speeds of five minutes or longer.
Here are some of the things you will learn:
- How to use a slow shutter speed to capture motion blur with a wide-angle lens.
- How to use panning techniques creatively.
- How to use slow-sync flash in low light.
- What intentional camera movement is and how to use it creatively.
- Which filters to buy for long exposure photography.
- How to use shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds to create beautiful landscapes.
Slow also showcases the work of two talented photographers, Doug Chinnery and Joel Tjintjelaar. Both are artists as well as photographers, and use intentional camera movement and long exposure techniques to create beautiful, expressive images.
Long exposure interview series
As a special treat I’m interviewing some of the most talented long exposure photographers around over the next month or so. Keep an eye out for the interviews – the first will be posted tomorrow.
For the first five days only, use the promotional code SLOW4 when you checkout to buy Slow for just $US4 or use the code SLOW20 to get 20% off when you buy five or more eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) November 18, 2012.
Here are some spreads from Slow: