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Long Exposure Photography Workshops

Long Exposure Photography Workshops

Learn this Preferred Techniques of the Landscape Photographer

What Gear Do You Need To Bring?

In a perfect World you'll have the following gear.

DSLR Style Camera

To get the most from this course you need to have a camera that will allow manual manipulation of the ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture

Wide Angle Lens

Waterfalls and rivers, as is the Ocean are majestic, and expansive. In order to showcase that photographically you'll need a wide zoom lens minimum of 18mm to 55mm.

Good Tripod

Long Exposure photography relies on stability first and foremost. You will need to have a tripod in order to avoid disappointing results.

Electronic Trigger

When photographing moving water any vibration can ruin a shot. Cameras with a built in delay timer are ideal. If not then a 3rd party shutter release is required.


In order to get the best from this technique it is imperative you have both a circular Polariser and ND Filter(s). Gear needed is listed below.

Wet Weather Clothing

Your main need will be Felt bottomed booties for river walking. Please also look to bring adequate wet weather protective clothing. Okinawa gets wet!

Long Exposure Photography
Have you ever gazed through a photographic magazine, or in fact any magazine for that matter where water features are an aspect of a particular project or story? I'll bet a pound to a penny that for some, if not for the majority, many of those images used in the editorial were taken in such a way so that the flow of water was smoothed out giving it an almost silky effect. In essence that is the goal of long exposure photography. This course is fast becoming my most requested workshop given the fact that this technique works well on Oceans, Rivers and Waterfalls, all of which are found in bountiful supply here in Okinawa. In order to make the most of your time here, and of course to wow your friends with your photographic prowess, this one day workshop should figure in the road map of any aspiring landscape photographer stationed or based in Okinawa.

What Will Be Taught?
In order to get the most from this specific photographic technique a number of factors involved in the photographic application to ensure the best results possible. Pretty much everything comes down to stability and timing. There are formulas that I will teach relevant for lens choice and how to figure the more complex issues in a simple and easily understood delivery. Core elements that will be taught include the following.

  • Composition?
  • Planning and Execution
  • Balancing Light and Shade
  • Shutter Speeds and Focal Length
  • Potential Issues and Remedies

For the most part, attendees of this course are those who have an idea about their gear, they understand the basics of photography and are simply looking to expand their creative knowledge base. If you need more grounding in Photography maybe you should think about attending one of our Photography Bootcamp days to begin with? Folks should be comfortable with the menu system of their cameras and be happy about manipulating them during times of reduced light.

A Typical Workshop Day
In order to get the most from your day we plan this workshop over a full 8hr day, we sometimes step over that line too, it all depends on how much fun we're having! To give you an idea of how that day runs this is an outline of Whate, Where, When and How.

  • 0800hrs - Meet and Greet at a specified location
  • 0830hrs - Depart for Phase 1 of the Day at Fukugawa Falls just North of Nago
  • 1000hrs - Arrive at Fukugawa Falls - Technique and Theory Lecture
  • 1030hrs - Putting the theory to the test - Imaging session #1
  • 12.00hrs - Break for Lunch
  • 1230hrs - Depart Fukugawa Falls for Imaging Location #2
  • 1330hrs - Arrive Imaging Location #2 - Additional Theory Session
  • 1400hrs - Imaging Session #2
  • 15.30hrs - Return to Southern Okinawa
  • 16.00hrs - Final Imaging Session through to Sunset if so desired by attendees

Workshop Schedules
We try to stay as close as we can to the above schedule during the running of this workshop. That can and sometimes does change depending on how fast people grasp the techniques being taught. Weather may also play a part as well as the amount of traffic encountered during our displacements between imaging locations. We ask that in addition to the recommended minimum equipment list, as outlined below, that you also bring an open mind.

Attendee Capacity
I prefer to work in smaller groups with a maximum attendee number of six photographers, given that I will also be acting in a personal overseeing role during the practical part of the shoot. Attendance is on a strictly first come first served basis with all fees being settled at least one week prior to the departure date. Minimum attendee number is one.

Inclement Weather
As we all know we get a bit of rain here in Okinawa! If it looks like we're going to get slammed on the day of the trip I simply return any payments that have been made and hope to look at rescheduling. I don't want, or like, to hold on to payments if an event has been cancelled, it's better to keep everything simple and straightforward.

Minimum Equipment Requirements
In order for this workshop to run smoothly we ask that attendees bring a minimum of equipment as listed below.

  • DSLR Style Camera that allows access to Iris, Shutter Speed and ISO settings (and to be familiar with doing so).
  • Circular Polariser Filter
  • ND64mm and / or ND1000 Filter(s)
  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Electronic Shutter Release, Remote Trigger or use of a built in delay timer
  • Sufficient Batteries - minimum of 2
  • Sufficient Card Space - 32GB is OK, 64GB is better.
  • Felt Bottomed Boots for river walking
  • Rain proof / inclement weather jacket
  • Adequate clothing for jungle environment
  • Bug Spray
  • Change of Clothing
  • Towel
  • Food and Water for the day

If this workshop is of interest to you but you have any specific questions please feel free to reach out and contact me at your leisure.

Event Details

  • From: 09/09/2017
  • To: 09/09/2017
  • Starting at: 08:30
  • Finishing at: 17:30

Event Price

  • ¥ 12,500.00


  • Nago / Yomitan
  • Okinawa
  • Okinawa
  • 930-0001
  • Japan
  • 08088168997
  • http://www.okitog.com