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Some people work in a office all day, some people work with sparks

Catching the sparks from the fire is easy. You just slow down the shutter speed and you will have long sparks coming out from the fire, instead of small dots. Check the below pictures to see the difference between fast and slow shutter speed.

Shutter speed is at 1/100 of a second and the sparks looks like dots

Fast shutter speed: Shutter speed is at 1/100 of a second and the sparks looks like dots


Shutter speed at 1/13 makes the sparks longer

Slow shutter speed: Shutter speed at 1/13 makes the sparks longer


In these pictures I am using a shutter speed of 1/10 to 1/13 of a second.

I have croped out a little part of a big picture to only focus on the worker. So the sharpness might not be so good since he was pretty far away when I took these pictures. If you are wondering what he is doing then he is removing s steel pole. These pictures are taken with Canon 6D (full frame) and 24-105mm lens at f4 and f5 with ISO100 to ISO160.

When is it usefull with slow shutter speed?

  • when you want to create cool light messages. You can write words with a flashlight and using slow shutter speed to create bright letters
  • when taking pictures of fireworks
  • if its pretty dark out and you want the picture to capture more light then slow shutter speed is a option, dont forget to use a tripod
  • when taking pictures of cars head ligths or tail lights on a road, you might have seen the night pictures of red or yellow lights that are like lines on the roads. That can be made from very slow shutter speed

To control the shutter speed you can use the option called TV (Shutter Priority Mode) on Canon and S on Nikon.


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With a little help of Lightroom

Frustrated with your pictures being colorless?

Picture this scenario. You are seeing something that you want to take a picture of and when you take the picture and see the results in your camera or computer it does not come out quite the way you wanted it to.

Then there is a solution for that. It is called post-production. It is what all professional photographers do to their pictures, to make it look even better. So you do not have to feel ashamed for using a little help from example a program called Lightroom. I want to show you a before and after pictures to demonstrate what I mean. See the examples below, you need to click on the pictures to get a better comparison:

Before and after post production

Before and after post production

The picture to the left was taken with the “shade” option, therefore it is more yellowish. In Lightroom you can easily adjust this to make it look more natural. It is more colorful on the picture to the right. The picture below shows a dark picture inside the forest. It is hard to get the right brightness when you take a picture. It is easy to fix in post-production.

Before and after using Lightroom

Here is a final one that I like to share with you all. When you load a picture in the camera and watch it in the computer it can be colorless. With Lightroom you can bring out the bright colors and give the picture life again. There are many programs that can do this for your pictures for example Photoshop, Gimp (free program) and Topaz just to name a few.


I hope you have got some inspiration to work on your pictures now, it is worth it!

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It’s loud and big, it’s a helicopter!

Helicopter ride anyone?



Taken with Canon 70D and Canon 24-105mm at f11 and 1/200 sec.



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