Long exposure photography

Now we are going to write about a thing that we think is very interesting for all photographers. From starters to experts, everybody can use the technique we are about to discuss. We are gonna write about long exposure photography.

Because of the website 500px.com I wanted to know more about long exposure photography. While i was googling about this, I found out that most photographers that do long exposure shots use filters on the their lenses. These filters are used because if you do a long exposure shot in bright daylight without a filter, you will only see a white screen when you are done. First I will explain what kind of photos you will be able to make while using long exposure as a technique.

Long exposure photography can be quite fun and challenging. When you have the right equipment you can create beatifull images. Some things we about long exposure shots we will tell you in this article.

Long exposure traffic lights

Some of you have probably seen lots of long exposure shots, sometimes not even realizing the photographer is using this technique to create the image. A good example of a long exposure photo is one where you can see a lot of traffic lights without seeing a car. On the photo below you can see a sample of a traffic photo I made in Cannes, France. Because it was already late in the evening I didn’t need to use a filter to create it.

Long exposure cars Cannes

This photo shows cars moving in the city Cannes, France.

Long exposure frozen water

Then of course we have photos where we will be able to freeze a waterfall. You have probably seen this on some photos already. If you are wondering how photographers do this, I will tell you. You just need to put your camera on a steady surface, preferably a tripod. Than you need to set your aperture as high as possible and your ISO as low as possible. After this you need to configure the shutter speed so you will create a nice image with good lighting. This will look like you freezed the water. I was able to create the image below using this technique.

Long exposure waterfall

Here you can see a “frozen waterfall” shot with my D7000.

Long exposure lightning

Another trick we can use long exposure photography for are lightning shots. Have you ever wondered why photographers can shoot multiple lightning flashes at the same time? They just expose their sensor for a longer time so the lightning really burns the light in the sensor. That way you will see multiple flashes that a few seconds after each other. When doing this you don’t have to shoot at the exact right time to get a beautiful picture. The picture below me and my friend made when the lightning struck in our hometown. It was only for a brief period so we will have to retake it when we have another possibility.

Long exposure lightning

A person in front of a ligtning flash.


This picture shows the movement of the eart.

Long exposure moving stars

Have you ever seen proof the earth turns around the sun? If you need any more proof, just make a long exposure shot toward the stars. When you use a very long shutter speed, ultimately you will see moving stars on your screen even when your camera stood still the whole time. This can give amazing pictures if you ask me.

Long exposure stars

This picture shows the movement of the earth.

Of course there are many more ways to use long exposure to your benefit. With this article I hope you are eager to learn more about this phenomenon. When you want more, make sure you stay tuned. In the future we will write tutorials how to make astonishing shots with the use of this long exposure technique.

Long exposure with lenses

At the beginning of this article I was writing about long exposure and lenses and later I almost forgot. You don’t need lenses for every long exposure shot, but sometimes they come in handy. Especially when you want to do long exposure shots in broad daylight. Too often you won’t be able to bump up your shutter speed above 1 second when you are not using a filter. With the use of a filter you will be able to bump this up to at least 30 seconds and sometimes even more. This depends on the darkness of the filter. For more questions just put a comment down below. Next time we will write an article about filters and how to choose your own.

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