What I see everytime I wanna shoot with a long exposure, is that I let too much light in.
It’s many times over-exposed. For that, there is one solution. Neutral density filters.
I wish I knew that years ago, before going to filmschool.
Neutral density (ND) filters, reduce the amount of light entering into the camera. I’ve learned that in filmschool, while we were shooting with film. It will reduce light uniformly, so that contrast and dynamic range are not affected, unlike a graduated neutral density (GND) filter. ND filters will beblocking light from reaching the image sensor.
They are available in different strengths.
ND Filters may not be essential, but they will certainly help achieve longer exposures and help you get shots that you wouldn’t have taken otherwise.