Get the Right Gear.
First, buy a good, sturdy tripod — essential if you want to cross the 30-second threshold. In addition, you'll want a solid tripod head that will hold up to wind or vibrations over the duration of a long exposure. Next, you'll want a cable release. Although you could just hold down the shutter-release button, you'll be introducing vibration to the camera, which is guaranteed to ruin your shot. Instead, the cable release gives you a minimum of 3 feet between you and the camera, minimizing vibration. Digital cable releases even allow you to program a longer exposure time. Finally, you'll need a neutral density filter, which introduces density and reduces the amount of light allowed through a lens. They come in stop ratings of 1 to 10 stops, and with a 10-stop ND filter, you can actually capture a four-minute exposure in the middle of the day. Following these landscape photography tips and choosing the right equipment makes it easier than ever to take beautiful shots of your favorite vacation spots.