Long Exposure Checklist

Header photo by Triggertrap user Marko Kaariainen

Once you have the hang of the basic settings on your camera, the chances are you're going to start experimenting with long exposure photography. If you're setting out on a long exposure photoshoot, you'll be devoting a fair bit of time and effort into making awesome images and the last thing you want is to make a little mistake early on that can send your whole shoot into a frustration fuelled fiasco. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, not only do we make awesome kit for creating long exposure photographs and have a great tutorial to help you out, we even have a handy checklist to help you enjoy stress-free long-exposure shoots.

Some of the steps might seem a bit daft, but take it from us, there are a lot of easy mistakes that can be made.

Optional Kit

  • Neutral density filters (if you're shooting in the daytime)
  • Torch
  • Gloves
  • Warm clothing

Necessary Kit

  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod and quick release plate
  • Cable Release - *cough* Triggertrap Mobile Kit *cough*
  • Spare batteries
  • Spare memory card


Before you leave:

  • Is your camera battery charged?
  • Is your memory card formatted?
  • Do you have your quick release plate for your tripod? (this is really important, that’s why we’ve mentioned it twice)
  • Can you use a tripod at your location? (Is it safe to? Is it private property?)

On location

  • Are you set up in a safe sensible place? (You don't want to get hurt or cause an obstruction and have irate pedestrians ruining your shot.)
  • Is your tripod on a solid bit of ground? Is it going to move?
  • Is your tripod levelled?
  • Is every moving part on your tripod secure?
  • Is the quick release plate locked down tight?
  • Is your camera set to manual focus?
  • Have you connected your cable release?
  • If it’s daytime, have you covered your eyepiece?

Have you got any top long exposure tips? 

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