I have been repeatedly asked for the simple setting on how to get long exposures during the day, and what settings are needed on the Pureview.
Of course, as with a DSLR, settings alone are not enough to achieve this and you need additional filters. The ND filter built into the Nokia Pureview is not sufficient for a 2.7 second long exposure alone. It needs help.
So here is what you need:
- A Nokia 808 Pureview
- A good tripod, I use a full size Manfrotto
- ND Filters, I currently use Hoya filters, ND64, ND16, ND8, ND2, a variable Filter from Hama, and a full Heliopan 10 stop filter
- I sometimes use a polarizing filter too from Hoya too, this helps to make the colours “pop” and can remove glare from water.
- A mobile tripod mount
- two elastic bands
Once you have the kit, you then need to find a subject. Water is what you need, preferably fast flowing water; rapids or a waterfall. Sadly missing in Finland, but you can still get some nice shots all the same.
Setting up the shot is crucial before you start to add the extra filters, as it simulates night conditions. Find the spot, set up the tripod and mount, and insert the Pureview. Frame your picture, take a few shots and see what it looks like.
Having done that, now set up the Pureview. Most importantly, change the focus mode to infinity as it will be too dark for auto focus to work and you want the whole scene in focus anyway. Secondly, turn off the flash – if you leave it in auto, you will not get a long exposure. Third, change the ND filter setting to on, and lastly change the ISO to 50.
Now double over two elastic bands and place one either side of the lens on the Pureview. Now comes the trial and error part, to get full time long exposures it needs to be dark enough but not so dark that the image is ruined.
The reason this one needed two ND filters put togther is because the image was taken in very bright sunlight and the camera was facing the sun. Most DSLR camera filters can be screwed together, if you have the same sizes of course.
Here is one of my first attempts
I have a set on Flickr with my long exposure tests. You can find it here – Testing Daytime Long Exposures with the Nokia 808 Pureview
Have fun, look forward to seeing what others can do :-)