- Tint and temperature adjusted in Camera RAW
- Brightness/Contrast, Saturation, Spot Removal, Crop & Sharpening in PS
Today, I went to the beach to capture a daytime long exposure at a spot I saw a few weeks ago. I didn't have the tools to capture it then and when I went back today, the high tide covered the entire area. So I captured this area instead. This shot was taken with a shade 8 welding glass filter lens as a neutral density filter.
If you don't want to spend the money to buy a neutral density filter just yet or if you just want to experiment, welding glass is a very cheap way to go. This idea is not new. It's been floating around the internet for sometime now. That's how I found it!
felt_tip_felon on Flickr.
Depending on the brand of the glass, you'll end up with a purple or green tint on the actual photo so you'll have to adjust the tint and temperature settings in Camera RAW (or other RAW editing tool) to get the correct settings. You can tell what tint it will be by holding your welding glass up to the sun. Whatever color the sun is through your welding glass is what color tint will be on your photo. After that was done, I cropped the photo, applied sharpening to the rocks only, and adjusted the brightness/contrast and saturation. Viola! Daytime long exposure made simple and cheap!