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The Long Exposure Technique That Doesn’t Require A Tripod

Create unique abstract images with a swipe

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Fireweed (camera swipe)

When I find myself overwhelmed or just need a burst of creativity, I look no further than using a deliberate pan blur, or “swipe” to create an abstract photograph. The idea behind a swipe is to use a relatively long exposure and move the camera either up/down or left/right while dragging the shutter. I find that with the right subjects, I can create some pretty fun images!

Swipes are just one of the many topics I cover in my complete guide to long exposure photography.

Video: How to perform a long exposure swipe
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POTD: Flatiron Twilight

The Iconic Flatiron Building at Twilight

Flatiron building at twilight
The Flatiron building in New York City at twilight

Despite cloudy, overcast weather in New York, blue hour always comes through!

  • Nikon D850 with 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor zoom lens
  • Gitzo 1-series tripod with RRS BH-40 ball head
  • Processed in Lightroom and Luminar 2018

Discover the art of long exposure photography with Jason’s complete guide! 

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Long exposure eBook: Table of Contents now online

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still working on finishing up my newest eBook, Stretching Time.

Until then, here’s a chance to get an early preview of the topics by viewing the table of contents (click the image to view a PDF version)

Preview what's coming in my soon-to-be released eBook, Stretching Time. Click image to download a PDF version.
Preview what’s coming in my soon-to-be released eBook, Stretching Time. Click image to view a complete  PDF version.
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Long Exposure Workshop August 8th in Colorado Springs

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Join me in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, August 8th to learn the fundamentals of long exposure photography.

In this class, I’ll cover all the creative techniques I use for stretching time to create dynamic digital captures, including:

  • Solid and variable ND filters
  • How to calculate exposure times
  • Composition for long exposures
  • How to capture car trails
  • Time-lapse and cloud-stacking techniques

Full details and registration information here

Learn cloud-stacking techniques to create time-lapse stills.
Learn cloud-stacking techniques to create unique time-lapse stills.
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