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How to shoot long exposure with an ND filter: step-by-step

  1. Set up your camera on a tripod: Choose a stable location where the tripod legs do not move and mount your camera on a tripod. This will minimise camera shake during long exposure.
  2. Compose your shot: Find a scene with dynamic elements such as flowing water, moving clouds or traffic trails. Long exposure will have an effect only when there are moving elements that can be blurred. Compose your shot.
  3. Disable automatic stabilisation: If your camera has automatic stabilisation features, disable them when using a tripod, since they can interfere with long exposure.
  4. Set the focus: You need to do it before attaching the ND filter, because once attached your camera won’t be able to focus properly. You can use autofocus or manual focus based on your preference and the complexity of the scene, but make sure it’s fixed before attaching the filter.
  5. Take a test shot: Capture a test shot to determine the base exposure settings without the ND filter.
  6. Attach the ND filter: Carefully attach the ND filter to your lens. Check that the filter is securely mounted to prevent light leaks or movement during the exposure.
  7. Adjust camera settings:
    • Switch your camera to manual mode for full control over exposure settings;
    • Set a low ISO (e.g., ISO 100-200) to minimise noise in the final image;
    • Choose an aperture between f8-f16. It’s better not to use a smaller aperture to avoid diffractions;
    • Calculate the exposure time based on the strength of your ND filter. Use our ND filter exposure chart or this formula:
      Adjusted Shutter Speed=Original Shutter Speed×ND Filter Factor
      Example: If your original shutter speed without ND filter is 1/60s and you're using a 6-stop ND filter (factor of 64), the adjusted shutter speed would be approximately 1 second (1/60s * 64 = 1s).
  8. Use remote shutter release or timer: Trigger the camera without touching it to ensure maximum sharpness.
  9. Capture the shot! Control the time since elements may move faster than what you expected, and you can stop the shooting at the right moment.

PRO tip: If you want to keep some objects sharp on the photo (e.g. you want to blur the sky but keep the grass sharp and it’s moving because of the wind), take two shots. The first shot should be with an ND filter and have all the motion blur needed. Then, take off the filter and take one more shot with short exposure. You can blend these two shots in post-processing to achieve the desired effect and only have the blurred objects you want.

Which ND filter to use for long-exposure photography?

ND filters come in various strengths, measured in stops, which determine the amount of light they block. Which stop to use depends on the lighting conditions and desired effect, therefore there is no one best ND filter for all scenarios. But we prepared a list of the most used ND filters for long exposure:

6-stop ND filter (ND64)

A 6-stop ND filter is ideal for when you need to reduce light entering the lens during daylight. This filter is versatile and can be used in various lighting conditions to achieve motion blur in water or clouds.

Explore our 6-stop ND filters

10-stop ND filter (ND1000)

The 10-stop ND filter is a powerful tool for long-exposure photography in bright daylight. It allows for ultra-long exposure, creating dramatic effects such as smoothing out turbulent water or painting beautiful streaks in moving clouds.

Explore our 10-stop ND filters

3-stop ND Filter (ND8)

A 3-stop ND filter can be used in moderately bright conditions or when you want to slightly extend your exposure time. This filter is suitable for capturing subtle motion blur in waterfalls or rivers during daylight. It will still retain some texture and details.

Explore our 3-stop ND filters

Creative effects you can achieve with ND filters

ND filters open up a world of creative possibilities in long-exposure photography. Here are some of the effects you can create using ND filters:

Silky water

Blur the motion of water, transforming crashing waves into silky-smooth textures or turning flowing rivers into serene ribbons of light. Experiment with different filter strengths to control the level of motion blur and achieve desired effects.


Waterfall shot using ND filter
Waterfall shot with ND filter by Oliver Hummel

Dramatic sky

With a long exposure, moving clouds streak across the sky, adding drama and depth to landscape photographs. A 6-stop or 10-stop ND filter can capture cloud movement and create captivating visual dynamics.


Bridge by the sea
Dramatic sky with moving clouds by Peter Jesche

Eliminating moving objects

In crowded urban scenes or tourist spots, use a long exposure with an ND filter to remove moving people or vehicles from the scene.

Tips for long-exposure photography with ND filters

Here are some tips from professional photographers that will help you to achieve even better results in long-exposure photography.

  • Use manual focus: Set focus manually before attaching the ND filter to ensure sharpness in your long-exposure images, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Check for light leaks: Light leaks can impact the image quality and sharpness of your image. Check if the filter is attached well, and cover the viewfinder with the cloth if needed.
  • Watch for colour casts: Some ND filters may introduce colour shifts. Correct colour casts during post-processing by adjusting the white balance.
  • Consider cloud movement: Shooting on days when clouds are low and moving dynamically can add drama to your photos.
  • Avoid touching the camera: Even a small movement can influence the image quality. Use a remote shutter release or timer to capture shots without touching the camera.
  • Stacking filters: In extremely bright conditions, you can stack two ND filters to achieve a greater light reduction if needed for a desired effect.

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Best ND filters from Kase for long-exposure photography

K100 Wolverine ND1000 ND 3.0 10 Stops 100x150mm
The Kase Wolverine K100 100x150mm ND 1000 ND 3.0 (10 stops) Neutral Density filters are perfect for controlling the amount of light reaching the camera sensor. The longer exposure times can be used to capture the movement of clouds, for example, or to silkily draw water. The Kase Wolverine series is particularly characterised by excellent colour neutrality. The high-precision optical glass used is shock-resistant. Due to the oil- and water-repellent coating, the filters are very easy to clean. Scope of delivery: 1x ND1000 Filter (10 stops) 100x150 mm
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ROUND Wolverine Magnetischer ND1000 Rundfilter 10 Stops
Unser magnetischer ND1000-Filter (ND3.0 / ND1000) besteht aus dem gleichen gehärtetem Glas, wie unsere Wolverine Rechteck-Filter und weisen somit die gleiche, hervorragende Abbdildungsleistung, äuserst geringe Farbverschiebung und hohe Stoßfestigkeit auf.   Der Neutral Density Filter vermindert die Menge des einfallenden Lichtes auf dem Kamerasensor und bei der Verwendung eine 10 Stop bzw. ND3.0 Filters verlängert sich die Belichtungszeit um den Faktor 10, im Vergleich zur Aufnahme ohne ND1000 Filter. Durch die längeren Belichtungszeiten können beispielsweise die Bewegung der Wolken eingefangen  oder Wasser seidenweich gezeichnet werden. Der Filter zeichnet sich besonders durch eine exzellente Farbneutralität aus. Das verwendete, hochpräzise optische Glas ist stoßfest. Durch die öl- und wasserabweisende Beschichtung sind die Filter sehr einfach zu reinigen. Der magnetische ND1000 Filter wird mit einem passenden magnetischen Adapterring geliefert, der auch mit unseren anderen magnetischen ND- bzw. CPL-Filtern mit dem gleichen Durchmesser verwendbar ist. Die Filter werden in den Durchmessern: 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm, 95mm und 112mm angeboten. Material Rahmen: Aluminium / Magnetstreifen Material Glas: gehärtetes optisches Glas Lieferumfang: 1x Magnetischer ND1000 Rundfilter 1x Magnetischer Adapterring 1x Aufbewahrungscase 
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ROUND Wolverine Einschraub ND64 6 Stops
Der Kase  ROUND ND 64 (6 Blendenstufen/6 Stops) Graufilter oder Neutral Density Filter sind perfekt dafür geeignet, die Menge an Licht zu kontrollieren, die zum Kamerasensor gelangt. Durch die längeren Belichtungszeiten können beispielsweise die Bewegung der Wolken eingefangen oder Wasser seidenweich gezeichnet werden. Die Kase Wolverine Serie zeichnet sich besonders durch eine exzellente Farbneutralität aus. Das verwendete, hochpräzise optische Glas ist stoßfest. Durch die öl- und wasserabweisende Beschichtung sind die Filter sehr leicht zu reinigen.
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ROUND Wolverine Magnetischer ND64 Rundfilter 6 Stops
Diameter: 67mm
Unser magnetischer ND64 Filter ND1.8 / ND64 besteht aus dem gleichen gehärtetem Glas, wie unsere Wolverine Rechteck-Filter und weisen somit die gleiche, hervorragende Abbildungsleistung, äuserst geringe Farbverschiebung und hohe Stoßfestigkeit auf. Der Neutral Density Filter vermindert die Menge des einfallenden Lichtes auf dem Kamerasensor und bei der Verwendung eine 6 Stop bzw. ND1.8 Filters verlängert sich die Belichtungszeit um den Faktor 6, im Vergleich zur Aufnahme ohne 64 Filter. Durch die längeren Belichtungszeiten können beispielsweise die Bewegung der Wolken eingefangen oder Wasser seidenweich gezeichnet werden. Die Kase Wolverine Serie zeichnet sich besonders durch eine exzellente Farbneutralität aus. Das verwendete, hochpräzise optische Glas ist stoßfest. Durch die Öl- und wasserabweisende Beschichtung sind die Filter leicht zu reinigen. Der magnetische ND64 Filter wird mit einem passenden magnetischen Adapterring geliefert, der auch mit unseren anderen magnetischen ND- bzw. CPL-Filtern mit dem gleichen Durchmesser verwendbar ist. Die Filter werden in den Durchmessern: 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm, 95mm und 112mm angeboten. Material Rahmen: Aluminium / Magnetstreifen Material Glas: gehärtetes optisches Glas  
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ARMOUR Magnetic ND8 3 Stops
The ARMOUR ND8 filter has 3 stops and a diameter of 95mm. It fits perfectly in the ARMOUR filter holder and holds magnetically. The magnetic ARMOUR ND8 filter can also be used in combination with the ARMOUR polarizing filter or other ARMOUR ND filters.
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