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Using a 10-stop ND filter To Take Long Exposure Images

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I’ve been working through taking landscape shots lately, and though I’d take a break from the basic stuff, and write and article about something fun to play around with – get away from all the Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO stuff – HAHA Yeah right.


If you aren’t familiar with this type of filter, it’s basically a very strong neutral density (ND) filter which reduces the amount of light hitting the camera’s sensor by about 1000 times. ND filters are very common but they are typically only 3-stops in strength (reducing the amount of light by 8 times) so a 10-sop one is pretty extreme. But what else are you to do, when you want to take a long exposure shot, when it’s daylight? Read More

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Quick, and Intro Into Shutter Speed!

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We’ll start with a good one. Shutter speed isn’t particularly difficult; it is just the amount of time your camera spends taking a picture. This could be 1/100 of a second, or 1/10 of a second, or three seconds, or five minutes. Some people build custom cameras that take decades to capture a single photo.

Your camera won’t let you take a decades-long photo. Instead, the longest allowable shutter speed tends to be around 30 seconds, although it does depend upon your camera. For example, on the Nikon D850, you can shoot any shutter speed from 1/8000 second to 30 seconds, as well as a time mode for even longer exposures. Other cameras generally allow similar settings. Read More

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What is Exposure? A Beginner’s Guide

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Every advanced and professional photographer today absolutely needs to learn how to use exposure in photography. When your first start taking pictures, you might be confused by the countless buttons, menus, and setting options on your camera. However, there is no excuse for using bad in-camera exposure. By understanding how to expose an image properly, you will be able to capture photographs of the ideal rightness, including high levels of detail in both the shadows an highlight areas. This post explains in detail, as well as helping you to understand the three most important camera settings of all: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Read More

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ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture – Understanding the Three Pillars of Photography

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It’s pretty difficult to take good pictures without having a decent understanding of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture, the Three Pillars of Photography, or as other people call it the “Exposure Triangle”. While most new DSLR’s have “Auto” modes that automatically pick the right shutter speed, aperture and ISO for your exposure, using an Auto mode puts limits on what you can achieve with your camera. Read More

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Refresher Course

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As an enthusiast and hobby photographer, I’ve always enjoyed playing around with my cameras. During high school you could find me walking around with my 35 mm film camera taking candid shots of family gatherings, and into my college days using my first digital camera to document my life as an art major. Here we are – I’m not going to say how many years, because that will just make me feel old – and I’m a wife to my wonderful husband and mother to my handsome baby boy, and deciding all these years later that I want to start a new business. This is he result. Kelli Cleveland Studios. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is going to be a walk in the park, but it is something that I enjoy and therefore something that deserves my effort and time. This blog is where I will be posting articles written by me, discussing, explaining and studying some of the topics that I have had to revisit in order to get back into this “photography thing”. Stop by to see if I can help you understand anything better, and hopefully we can learn together. Happy shooting.