I don’t know about you, but when I take portraits, I seldom use a tripod.
And while certain situations call for shooting handheld, there’s plenty of others in which I should have a tripod under my camera. In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to get better portraits by simply using a tripod.
Portrait Photography Tip: Add the Element of Long Exposure With a Tripod
If you ask me, portraits that include indicated motion like blurred clouds or waves have that element of uniqueness that make the images stand out.
But you can’t use a long exposure unless you have a tripod…
But by mounting your camera on a tripod, you can extend the shutter speed as long as you want (or as long as your portrait subject can hold still).
To get movement in the shot, slow the shutter down to about 1/2 seconds. If the movement isn’t to your liking, continue slowing the shutter to one second, two seconds, and so on until you get the desired look.