The Magic Cloth Technique involves controlling the amount of exposure to different parts of a scene during a slow shutter. The technique involves dodging and burning over a long exposure.
Using a dark cloth (or card) you can reduce the exposure to the sky (or highlights) by covering the front of the lens for part of the exposure time
A slow shutter can be achieved with a dark filter (often called an ND filter), or by taking the photograph in low light.
In the Summer, I like to photograph Goðafoss waterfall in North Iceland at an un-godly hour!! The waterfall of the Gods is at the perfect angle for a Summer sunrise.
Godafoss the Waterfall of the Gods is a fine location for photographers, both Summer and Winter.
We checked out the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall earlier in the day and there were 6 – 10 tourists walking through the scene at any one time.
Glacier Landscape – Vatnjokull Iceland Kviárjökull This is Kviárjökull, one of…
The main requirement for using the Magic Cloth Technique is having a long exposure, so Northern Lights photography is an obvious choice.
Milky way images are stunning, but what you see on the front page of 500px is usually the result of careful camera and lens choice…
In one of the last interviews with Ansel Adams he expressed excitement over the possibility of digital photography.
I advise photographers to get out of the city and away from the city lights to get the best northern lights photographs. But, seeing as I am here, I thought I would give the challenging conditions a try.
This very simple technique is the basic for Magic Cloth photography and this video is actually a good starting point for the beginner.
The reverse cloth technique is useful if the middle part of a scene is notably brighter than the top part of the scene.