How to compensate for long shutter speed when there is too much light?

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As mention in previous articles, slow shutter (or the long exposure) means that more light will get in your camera. If you do not compensate for the amount of light that enters your camera, you will end-up taking over-exposed shots. There are three main ways to compensate for long exposure / slow shutter setting. Read on.

1. Small Apertures : How does small aperture helps you cut down the amount of light that enters your camera in a long exposure setting? By changing the hole that the light comes in through, you can control it. The hole size is called 'Aperture'. So adjusting your camera's aperture will help you compensate for the amount of light that enters your camera.

2. Decrease Your ISO: The other way to compensate for the extra light that gets into your camera is to adjust the ISO setting. ISO represents the measure of a digital camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. A higher number will make it more sensitive to light and a lower number will make the sensor less sensitive. So, make it less sensitive to the light and you'll be able to compensate for longer shutter speeds.

3. Try a Neutral Density Filter: Another way to compensate for a longer shutter speed is to use a 'Neutral Density Filter'. These filters will help you cut down the amount of light that passes through your lens and enters your camera. These filters works as sunglasses for your camera. These filters are very helpful in slowing the shutter speed down enough and still get a well balanced shot.

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