Long Exposure Photography Extensive Tutorial by Julia Anna Gospodarou

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  1. Hi Julia,
    I’ve been using the 165 lucroit set for quit some time now because I shoot mostly with my ts-e 17mm, and a 16mm sometimes. Filters that size are very pricey and I am a clumsy person, that doesn’t go well haha, anyway, I am looking for trying the new set of 100mm but I am curious to know if it’s suitable for my ts-e, is it large enough? if yes, what kind of adapter are you using to fit the filter holder on the lens?
    Great article as usual, master at her best!

    1. Hi Fred. Glad to hear you liked the article.
      I know exactly what you’re talking about. If only those filters were smaller :).
      There is a workaround if you want to work with 100mm filters with the 17 mm tilt-shift lens. Lee has a special holder for the 17 mm tilt-shift on which you can attach the Formatt-Hitech 100 mm filters. But there is a drawback and that’s that you’re not going to be able to use the full shift movement of the lens because the holder will start covering the opening of the lens and the vignette will be very pronounced. You can get up to half of the shift distance without having a very pronounced vignette and this can work in some cases but it is a limitation and since I’ve worked with this system for quite some time trying to avoid the large filters I can tell you it can be quite frustrating. I wish there was some system that could work perfectly with the 17 mm tilt-shift and that 100 mm filters but the only thing that works is the large 165 mm filters and the Lucroit holder. So at the end of the day it’s about what you need most: practicality or perfection.

          1. Well as I mentioned, I’m not handling it very well haha! Costs are adding up, just broke my two favorites, 10nd and 3nd grad, that’s a lot of money to replace them… I’m going to have to though.

  2. Another terrific tutorial – thank you Julia Anna. I think I’ve read everything you’ve written, and have your video also.
    Did I read here or somewhere that you’re planning a tutorial on making Long Exposure Panoramas? I’ve been trying to figure out how to do that for a long time. Soon perhaps?

    1. Hi Mallory. You heard that well. I do intend to make a tutorial on working with long exposure panoramas and I’m going to do that either in writing or as a video tutorial as soon as I find some time to focus on it. Especially if it’s a video tutorial it needs quite some time to prepare and edit and I’ve been super busy with workshops and other assignments lately so I couldn’t focus on it. But it’s on my list and I hope I get to that soon.
      Thanks very much. I’m happy you enjoyed the tutorial.

  3. Hi Julia Anna! Another great article… There is one additional difference between the slide in square ND filters and screw on round ND filters that I would like to point out. Since the composition and focus is made before putting on the filter(s), it is more difficult to screw on the round filters while also avoiding camera & tripod movement. I’ve missed more than a few shots early on by trying to quickly screw on my filter. I don’t think this is as much of an issue with the square filters.

    1. Hi Pete. I agree, you need to be careful when screwing in the filters. Not only to not move the camera but also to not drop them. A workaround would be the magnetic adapters like the Xume Adapter for instance. But it’s getting easier as you acquire more experience. Both in working with square and with circular filters.

  4. Wow, the photographs are stunning. Never thought about shooting such in my LE journey (and hence less LE images).

  5. Loved this tutorial, thanks Julia :)
    I can’t wait to try the Practical Long Exposure Assignment and I will try and get a copy of From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography :)
    Thanks for sharing :)

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