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Have you ever felt so totally at one with the great outdoors behind a lens on a session?

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant

The Magic Cloth Photography Trick

The Magic Cloth Photography Trick is a an interesting technique to record a scene with high dynamic range.

When you have to avoid burning the highlights in the sky like a normal sunrise beach, the The Magic Cloth Photography Trick is a useful accessory to have in your pocket – so convenient and inexpensive.

Hints for Magic Cloth photography


ND Filter: (not if you are shooting at night!)

I suggest screw-on filters for damp conditions.

sturdy Tripod:

I have to get low down for foreground intimacy so quickly adjusting legs are definitely nice features on your tripod. Stabilize your tripod so it becomes sturdy. Magic Cloth movemnts can cause vibrations. But, this is necessary for top quality long exposure photography.

Try to avoid raising the center column unless it is essential. The center column is the weakest link of the system.

Sometimes a tripod has a hook under it, suspend things from it to provide better strength. Many travel photographers carry a special bag to place rocks and stones to give a better stability which will hold the tripod steady – great for long exposure work.

More Long Exposure links…

Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

Remote release:

Exposures can be longer than the 30 seconds the camera will let you do. Having a Remote release (sometimes called “infra red Shutter release) will allow you to open the shutter: as long as your power allows.

Black cloth:

Choose a large cloth like a large sock, or black card of similar size. Has to be able to cover the glass completely. Better to be Dark. A dark colour is better. The cloth can be any shape, but you need to be able to create a straight edge.

Magic Cloth Method:

Camera settings

Begin with a dark filter or low light for a longer exposure time, then over expose the image by 2 – 3 stops.

Shutter speed

There are benefits to using a long Shutter speed. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled action to cover the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 seconds allows for a controlled exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Motion

In most conditions I bring the cloth down quickly and up slowly.

Different Methods

Change the Motion to capture a dozen short exposures of the clouds, rather than one initial exposure (30 sec & over exposures only).

Spot meter for the highlights and {multiply that shutter speed by 3 or 4|then x 4 to get the total exposure time.

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