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Video:How to Take a Long Exposure on a 35mm SLR Camera

with Sean Fee

Long-exposure photography requires imagination and experimentation. See what you need to get started taking long exposure photographs on a 35mm SLR camera, as well as a few handy tips for getting good results.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Take a Long Exposure on a 35mm SLR Camera

Hi I'm Sean Fee for About.com and today I'm going to be showing you how to take a long exposure on your 35mm SLR camera.

Set Camera on a Tripod

A tripod or something to rest your camera on is essential because the camera must be completely still while the shutter is open.

Use a Cable Release

Another handy tool for this exercise is a cable release, this usually screws in to the shutter release button on top of the camera.

To manually control your shutter, set the shutter speed to B, now you can hold down the cable release for as long as you want the film to expose.

Set a Small Aperture Setting

In general, long exposures allow a lot of light in to the camera, this means you will want to use a small aperture setting, say f/16 or f/22 to avoid over exposing the shot.

Use a Low Film Speed

In bight daylight it will be necessary to use the lowest film speed you have available. The light meter on your camera may not be able to accurately judge to best aperture setting for long shutter speeds, especially in low light situation so your best bet is to "bracket", this means taking up to six pictures of the same subject but doubling the shutter speed each time. This will give you a variety of effects and exposures and allow you to choose the best shot.

Try making a note of which settings you used on what frame to help you with future projects.

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