Billy Currie Photography
Courses 2020

Long Exposure Photography & Post Processing (full)


Date:- 2nd - 3rd May 2020
Location:- Central Scotland
Accommodation:- N/A
Experience:- Beginner to Advanced
Max Places:- 3
Price:- £225

Transportation between shooting locations
One to one and group guidance
All computing equipment
Use of long exposure ND filter
Lunch (Sunday only)
Pick up and drop off from central belt (Falkirk Area) if required

When it comes to good old Scottish weather there are no better styles of photography to take advantage of it than long exposures, the more cloud and wind, the better. By exposing our images for a longer duration than normal we can soften skies, flatten water or even streak light. This often results in the long exposure photograph looking far more pleasing to the eye than the original scene. For this type of photography a strong ND filter is required, if you do not have one of these I can supply them by prior arrangement. You will also require a tripod and remote release/control.

Example Itinerary (may vary depending on time of year)
Day 1:-
07:30 – travel to our first location and start shooting
10:00 – stop for a cuppa
10:30 – move locations, more shooting
13:00 - stop for a snack
13:30 - move locations, more shooting
16:00 – travel back to Falkirk area

Day 2:-
10:00 – photoshop workshop
12:00 – lunch
12:30 – photoshop workshop
14:00 – refreshments
14:30 – photoshop workshop
16:00 – finish

Camera with suitable lens
Remote Release/Control
ND filter (If you do not own one I can supply these by prior arrangement)
Outdoor clothes including waterproof boots/gators or wellies

Not Required but will help:-
Instruction manual
ND filter or grads

About Long Exposure Photography:-
Long-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring any moving elements. This can be very effective with subjects such as clouds, water, lights, etc.

To accomplish this longer shutter speed we use Neutral Density (ND) filters to restrict light from entering our camera, this results in the shutter having to stay open for much longer to gather enough light to make a photograph. Some ND filters reduce light by up to 1000 times.

In my opinion photographs can often be too busy which detracts from the intended subject. When using an ND filter to slow the shutter speed we can take the waves out of the water, make water look like mist, soften the sky, etc, etc. These techniques simplify distractions within the photograph allowing the subject to have much more of a presence. Long exposure photography lends itself particularly well to black and white photography but can also produces stunning images in colour if desired.