On this page, you’ll find 6 long exposure photography gear that are essential to take beautiful blue hour photos.
DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or mirrorless camera is needed, as shooting at blue hour requires long exposure, which can only be handled by those cameras with manual and semi-manual modes (e.g. Aperture Priority) available. I currently shoot with Nikon D610 .
There’s no particular requirement for lenses, but having a quality wide angle lens (i.e. 18mm or shorter at wide end) comes in handy when photographing cityscapes. My main lens is Nikon 18-35mm (f/3.5-4.5) .
Apart from camera body and lens, the single most important gear is a tripod. Photos shot at blue hour requires long exposure, sometimes going for minutes, and a sturdy tripod is absolutely essential to keep photos blur-free. A good tripod isn’t cheap but worth every penny and could last a lifetime (seriously!). I own Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod and use it with SIRUI K-20X Ballhead .
Wireless Remote or Cable Shutter Release
Got your tripod? Then, the next up is a wireless remote or cable shutter release. It helps reduce blur by allowing you to take photos without touching the camera. No need to get a pricey one, though. My wireless remote, Phottix IR-Nikon costs less than USD20, but is more than sufficient.
Neutral Density (ND) Filter
Optional, but strongly recommended. ND filter helps you take even longer exposure shots (minutes, not just seconds), and create silky smooth, glass-like water effect by slowing down the shutter speed by a certain number of f-stops. Quite a number of my dusk photos on Top 50 Photo Gallery are shot with B+W 6 Stop ND Filter attached.
Long Exposure Calculator App
With ND filter attached to a lens, but no idea how long should the exposure be? There’re a number of free phone apps that help you determine a correct exposure time (shutter speed). I’m using Long Exposure Calculator by Junel Corales.
With these 6 long exposure photography gear ready, you are now all set to go and take beautiful photos at blue hour! Need more details like exact steps and camera settings? Then, feel free to download my FREE eBook “Taking Your First Long Exposure Photos at Blue Hour” from the banner below, or Contact Me for any questions. I’ll be happy to be of your help. ;)
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