Category: Magic Cloth Technique

MAGIC CLOTH PHOTOGRAPHY

The Magic Cloth Technique is a long exposure photography technique that allows the photographer to control exposure to different parts of a scene to extend the dynamic range of a photograph.

Please find below a bunch of Magic Cloth Photography tutorials. They are in no particular order at the moment, but I hope to be categorising everything later.

 

WHERE TO START

The original article gives you an introduction to the technique, but as the art requires physical movement, it is so much easier to watch one of the Videos to begin with. It is a very simple idea, but whenever I try to write about it it seems very complex. So my strong recommendation is to watch the videos and then use the blog tutorials as a reference.

Tony’s Magic Cloth Technique 1

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

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Pink Pearls at Jökulsarlon Ice beach

I was trying to triangulate the 3 main subjects.  The middle iceberg was a bit too close to the center but getting closer to the nearest piece of ice allowed me to form a triangle.  It was important to be a few meters from the ice, so that I could include more sky with them.

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Goðafoss waterfall – 175 second exposure

I love visiting Goðafoss Waterfall in the late Summer. The sunset colours work so well with this dynamic, North Iceland waterfall. I was facing West around 20.30 on this September evening on a tour around Iceland.

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