The use of slow shutter speed to create unique images have been discussed before. To mention only the most popular book, Bryan Peterson did a great job in his “Understanding shutter speed” and explored many creative possibilities. And yet, Andrew S. Gibson in his just released by newest Craft & Vision e-book, “Slow. The magic of long exposure photography” was still able to take his own spin on the subject. And if you think that all that is to this e-book is panning, you should think again. Or better, pick a copy and find out by yourself.
First, Andrew S. Gibson takes care of all the basics. He mentions all of the possible techniques- panning with moving subject, panning (moving camera) around a static subject, and recording with stationary camera the moving subject. You will find here some tips on experimenting with appropriate shutter speed and a lot of other camera settings. The use of flash to enhance slow-shutter images is briefly explained. Author talks about some issues like digital noise, but also mentions light and composition, always important, in any type of photography. He suggests some accessories, and one you can hardly do without when you get serious about slow shutter photography are neutral density filters. In fact, no serious landscape photographer nowadays can do without a Big Stopper of some kind, with Lee brand being the most popular (and expensive). Luckily, all the gear talk is illustrated with a lot of example images, showing just what a variety of images and moods can be captured in the same spot with slow shutter speed.
What I found fascinating in “Slow” are the case studies. Andrew S. Gibson talks with two photographers- Doug Chinnery and Joel TjinTjelaar. Both of them specialize in slow shutter speed photography, both have different take on it and two totally different portfolios. I really enjoyed looking at their images, discovering just how different effects can be created.
The slow exposure is a way to use the camera to look at the world around us differently. Our eyes do not see this way. So if you have never tried, you should add this technique to your photographic bag of tools. “Slow” has all the information you will need to get started.
And don’t forget to use code SLOW4 at checkout to get “Slow” for just $4, if you purchase it before November 18, 2012 11:59 PM (PST)!
You can also use code SLOW20 to get 20% off when you buy five or more e-books from Craft & Vision collection. Don’t know which five e-books to choose? Try this creative selection which will take you from “Creating Evocative Image” to composing the image “Beyond thirds” to take sharp images with “In focus” or unsharp in creative way with “Slow” as part of creative process of “Shoot + Share”. It is a great collection for photographers wanting to improve on their craft, or a gift idea for the photographer in your life for upcoming holidays.
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