Magic Cloth at low light


A bit of hi-key work on the last morning of our workshop.

We had several wet feet on this morning. Taken on our December Iceland Workshop.

View it as a Fine art print.

Tagged: , Iceland , ice , ice lagoon , ice beach , iceberg , Jökulsárlón , jokulsarlon , glacial laggon , Breiðamerkursandur , Magic cloth

What a super moment it was to have the opportunity to capture such outstanding vistas in a super setting.

“My aesthetic gets simpler every year as I rely less on gimmicks and more on powerful content.” ― Anna Kuperberg

Magic Cloth Photography

Magic Cloth Photography is a fantastic way to capture a scene with high dynamic range.

If you want to balance the highlights in the sky with the shadows on the ground like a normal sunrise beach, the Magic Cloth Photography is a good accessory for your camera bag – so convenient and inexpensive.

Magic Cloth Tricks


Neutral Density Filter: (only if you are shooting during the day)

I suggest screw-on filters for damp conditions.

Heavy Tripod:

I have to get low down for an interesting perspective so no center column are really good characters to have on your tripod. Arrange your tripod so it becomes heavy. Magic Cloth movemnts can cause vibrations. A solid tripod is good practice for top quality long exposure photography.

Don’t raise the center column unless you really need to. The center column is the weakest link of the tripod.

If your tripod has a hook , suspend things from it to help with extra stability. Often professionals carry an empty “rock bag” to place rocks and stones to give a good weight which will hold the tripod nicely – perfect for long exposures.

Some more Long Exposure tips…

Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

Shutter bulb:

Exposure times can be longer than the 30 seconds your camera will allow. Having a Shutter bulb (sometimes called “infra red Shutter release) will allow you to open the shutter: as long as your power allows.

Black cloth:

Pick a big cloth like a hat, or the same size black card. Has to be able to cover the lens completely. Better to be Black. A non-reflective colour is preferable. Use a straight edge of any shaped cloth.

Magic cloth procedure:


Start with a filter or low light for a to acheive a long exposure, then over expose the photo by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

There are benefits to using a long Shutter speed. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled action to cover the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds allows for a extra exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Movement

In many cases I bring the cloth down quickly and up slowly.


Change the Movement to capture several short exposures of the sky, rather than one initial exposure (30 seconds & over exposures only).

Use your spot meter for the sky and {multiply that shutter speed by 3 or 4|then times four to get the total exposure time.

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