Long Exposure Photography Made Easy

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Finally had a chance to try long exposure photography (LEP) at night and really enjoyed it.  Just a small step for LEP, but a leap forward towards my next chosen genre.

Long exposures were taken with my Fujifilm XPro-2’s Wifi function linked to the FujiFilm’s iPhone (Android too) app.  Here’s a screenshot showing the ability to adjust the aperture, ISO, shutter speed, exposure comp, touch focus and shutter release.  I’ve used other camera Wifi and phone apps yet this one worked without issue.

Fujifilm Camera Remote





Manfratto Pixi Tripod

Long Exposure Recipe

Nothing secret here as it’s

  • Use your lowest native ISO, 200 in my case to minimize noise in the shadows.
  • Tripod, i.e. Manfrotto Mini (~5′ high).  This is a great little always carry tripod. See photo above.
  • Camera set for Aperture Priority to control DOF in this case yet the Manual Mode is really the correct choice.  Next time.
  • Activate Wifi on the camera and link up with your phone.
  • The Fujifilm App then allows various functions one of which is the “Remote Function“.  Select this one.  Now you see what the camera sees – cool.  See photo above.
  • With the Remote: Adjust the Aperture to high values (lower opening) from f/11 up to your lens’ maximum, f/22 in my case.
  • With the Remote: Touch where you want the focus point, usually 1/3 of the way into the frame to optimize depth of focus which follows depth of field.
  • The Shutter Speed then increases with a smaller apertures.  In my case the following images are from 15-20 seconds.  Of course the length of time is dependent on the luminance of your scene.  As one approaches time greater than 30 seconds, the “Bulb” mode comes into play, i.e. operator controlled – not camera.
  • Focus w/Mirrorless Cameras: Using “Focus Peaking” and then zooming in to fine tune the focus is an excellent technique to practice, including myself.

Long Exposure Images DaShanSheYing-1625DaShanSheYing-1622 DaShanSheYing-1629 DaShanSheYing-1632 DaShanSheYing-1621DaShanSheYing-1648