Locking your shutter open for an extended period of time can result in some really cool shots. Long exposure techniques can be used for things like car light trails, smoothing out water in waterfalls, rivers, etc, and can make clouds look like they’re moving and streaking across the sky. When needed, you can even make people disappear from your shot. Here’s how to pull of each of these long shutter speed techniques.
If you’ve ever wanted to master the art of long exposure photography, taking photos measured in full seconds or multiples of seconds, you’ll need to know more about the Neutral Density Filter. Guest author Jim Hamel goes through selecting a ND filter and then the 5 steps to mastering it. Used properly, camera filters and the 10-stop ND filter will allow you to achieve effects that are not possible to add in post-processing. It will add a real “wow” factor to your photos especially when there is water, clouds, or moving lights involved
In this article by guest author Serge Ramelli learn how to create a fake long exposure look to your waterfall or other images using Photoshop. He walks you through step by step with screenshots or you can also watch the video. Some great tips you can apply to other things too.
Challenge yourself this month to do some long exposure photography – 10 seconds or longer. There are tips for success and example images included in the article – read on for more on how to participate and enter to win a prize.
Photographing light trails at night is a fun way to make some stunning images using long shutter speed. This how to guide on long exposure car trails shows you exactly how to do this from what equipment you need, finding a good location, timing the shots and even a bonus advanced tip on how to combine multiple images for even greater effect.