Stephen McNally long exposure black and white photographer – Canon

[Music] what attracts me to black-and-white photography is that sometimes a color photograph can just distract you from what the actual scene that’s been taken my name is Stephen McNally I live near Liverpool I worked as an ER dresser and I do black and white landscape long exposure photography [Music] I went to the cholera the first time because my family a full generation and – and when he arrived at the coloring I realize it was such a great place for black-and-white photography the black and white images give it a historical value here it makes you look like you’ve gone back in time when I go on the shoot the Sun is not my friend is a black and white landscape photographer I need the Sun to be diffused with the clothes in bald mould one click opens the shutter being from one second to Oh many minutes I decide on the exposure and another click to shut the shutter it’s essential that you use a tripod and a cable release as the exposure times will be quite long to keep the picture nice and sharp I will put the camera into monochrome mold and have a look at the composition just to get an idea of image I am going to get from the picture that I’m gonna take I shoot in raw but when you convert the raw picture back on the computer you lose the monochrome look raw and it could revert back to color [Music] ideally I would go and shoot on an outgoing tide so it’s easier to shoot going forward then retreating backwards as the tide comes in just be careful where you place your tripod as the advancing tide pushes while sand in front of it under the sand and the weighted you tripod can move slightly as your let’s pose is taken and you’ve got to do safety precautions check your tides up you’re not going to get caught off when I put my camera on the tripod I check that the image stabilizers turned out I will check my camera is enabled in middle lock up any slight vibration of the mirror will cause me to lose sharpness in the picture I will set the ISO to 100 because I don’t want any noise in the black powder do black and white photograph [Music] so I go to per craft and here we go when it’s going to be a very cloudy day so is the delight ice comes above the horizon I have got a background to use to create movement in that cloud and bring some drama into the picture to be a successful black and white photograph I always shoot in manual using the live view on the back of the camera eyes ooh right into the focal point where we will be focusing from focus the lens and then come back oh and then take the shot [Music] we view using a strong feature in the picture I would go use from 17 mill up to the 22 mil of the lens maybe down to 14 I would have used 10 mill because it will make this that strong element you would lose it would become a small element in the picture and not really interesting the average length of the long exposure for me would be normally is from 45 seconds up to 5 minutes and a lesson shooting in the dark and then they’ll be up to 45 minutes when I do my photography I try to get everything right in the camera so when I upload the pictures onto the computer I don’t have to do too much work using the computer so anyone who’s interested in doing black and white photography in your mind try to visualize your shot in black and white photography means a lot to me because my brother he was my inspiration does he enjoy photography so much I can carry it on solid you


  1. the_nickotine January 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Inspiring work here, thanks for the upload

  2. John Young January 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I am Stephen's Uncle…I could not be more proud than to post a comment here. I have a degree in Art and Design History and taught Art and Design for 35 years. I can easily say Stephen's photographs are undoubtedly high class ART. His photographs would stand the test of time in any art historical sense. I can see Man Ray, Muybridge without having a direct influence. Superb you can only get better and get the recognition you deserve.

  3. Ginger Photographer January 31, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Wonderful video Stephen! The UK has so much to offer for great photography. Enjoyed your final images, very inspiring!

  4. Marcin Romanik January 31, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Inspiring film! I think I will try to start my adventure with black and white photography! And your photos are amazing!

  5. Paul G Johnson February 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Absolutely awesome video.Your are an inspiration ++++++. Brilliant, wow and amazing.

  6. olafzijnbuis February 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    When I put on the sub titles (in Dutch):

    – I check that the image stabilizer is turned off
    is translated in dutch to:
    – Controleer ik of de beeldstabilisator aan staan
    wich translates to
    – I check if the image stabilizer is on

    in the translation it is NOT CLEAR that the IS must be turned OFF.
    It is not wrong, you should check if it is on, but does not convey the message that it must be turned off.

  7. olafzijnbuis February 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    You did not mention that you better turn ON the Long Exposure Compensation.
    This eliminates problems with bad pixels.
    It does double the exposure time.

    Maybe it is because this video is part of a Canon promotion… No good to mention bad pixels in a promotion video 🙂

    On my Canon EOS 550D it is on all the time. With exposures of ca 30 s it saves me a lot of toughing up.

  8. James Aston February 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Great video, such a powerful story.

  9. gazkop57 February 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Excellent Ste,keep up the good work?

  10. Christian Rawson March 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    stunning images you have a great eye for composition im sure your Brother would be very proud of your continued love of photography

  11. Hugo Da Palma April 22, 2017 at 10:54 am

    It's a very good video but not a honest one in my opinion, it is missing what filters he uses during the daylight to perform long exposure. It's impossible to make such pictures without a DN filter.

  12. Ady Banner May 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Subscribed.. Just getting into long exposure and black and white, great inspiration.

  13. dweezel theyounger May 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Fantastic. I love your work. Thanks so much for this vid –

  14. Brett Thompson October 14, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Great clip . Will be give Black & white ago love history & heritage .

  15. Ethel - Hallow Nightshade October 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Your photos are beautiful, very inspiring

  16. martin berry November 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Great, I work in Liverpool and have been to alot of these locations but still have work in progress on the long exposure images

  17. Goran Ristic November 27, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Did he used a ND filter for day’s long exposure shots ? @canon and rest of you people.

  18. Russell Burton January 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Great video Stephen, lovely work, keep it going

  19. Marc Gravel June 8, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Very inspirational….thank-you for the great video.

  20. yujin landscape photography. June 10, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Absolutely wonderful video, well done, Black & white image.? Thank! Stephen.

  21. Robert Marshall September 26, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Black & White is King! Thank you for sharing Stephen, great work ?

  22. Andy Mountford October 30, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Great stuff fella

  23. mariano rodriguez martin December 6, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Buen trabajo

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  25. hiflyer53qwc March 24, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Very nice Steven!

  26. Peter Humphries April 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Fantastic video… I'm just beginning, and have done b/w during the day, but never at night, I'll be giving it a go now… thanks m8

  27. D Freeman April 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    What an amazing moving film , I didn’t have a niche , now I think I’ve found mine ty

  28. Frank Koenig April 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Very nice video and fantastic images but one tip. If you are already using mirror lockup to avoide camera shake you should also take off the camera strap that is flapping in the wind……

  29. mick cooke June 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    brilliant video Stephen ,and cracking photos Stephen ,thanks for sharing

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