One of the best tricks to take really cool landscape pictures is long exposure photography. This is a really simple technique and even the cheap SLR cameras have the feature to take such photos, yet the results are really really amazing.
They are amazing because this is the only type of photography that – in a way – captures motion. You can see the movement in the static photo. This is what makes this type of photography so great, and this is what this post is all about.
These are some of the most amazing photographs containing long exposure photography technique. Long exposure is one of the simplest, yet arguably the most stunning trick photography effect.
This post is in two sections. First one contains long exposure photos and the second part contains quick tips that will help you to take such photos yourself.
Long Exposure Photography Examples
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeel by Guillaume Vigoureux
Train is Coming by Jens Kling
Søla by Wiktor Klette
Last Train by Lev Tsimring
Full Throttle by fbaillet
Express Boat Leaving by John Colbensen
Trails by Edoardo Moruzzi
Red Line by MarS-Photo
Warm Colored Night by paloperez
The Lonely Expressway
The Speed of Light by foureyes
High Speed Train by Kotbaum
Faster than the Speed of Night by Laurynn Elizabeth
High Speed Chase by nyamnyamnyam
Dune Blazers by Alisdair Miller
Long Exposure Photography Tips
As you can guess, a long exposure photo is taken when the sensor is exposed to light for a longer period of time than the normal amount. So, what you do is that you keep the ISO low but keep the shutter open for a longer period of time.
This technique of photography was created for taking clear images night. Since light was already minimal during night, photographers thought of leaving the shutter open for a little longer. I presume that due to some mistake, the some photographer captured a moving object in his/her photo and the result suddenly lit a bulb in the photographer’s mind.
Long exposure shots look most beautiful when you click on slow moving objects, such as star trails or river streams or Ferris wheel and so on. Of course, long shots of roads with moving vehicles is also a very very popular shot.
How to Take Long Exposure Photos
There’s a setting called “B” or “Bulb” in almost all of SLR cameras. This is the setting that allows you keep the shutter open for longer than usual.
Depending on the speed of the moving object, and the natural light in the area, you will set the exposure time. You can experiment and take multiple shots of moving objects with different exposure times, or you can check out this article for leaning how long you need to open shutter for various types of moving objects.
Simple Tips for Taking Long Exposure Pictures
The simplest but most crucial of all is to use a tripod. It’s nearly impossible to take a high quality long exposure picture while holding the camera in your hand.
You are also likely to need a remote. That’s because when you will touch the camera, that shake will ruin the whole image.
Dress for the occasion. Many people take long exposure photos during night because that’s the best time to capture light trails. So if you are doing that, make sure you have flash lights, extra batteries for your camera and lights, but most of all, make sure you don’t catch a cold.
Always set up the camera before it gets dark. Also, always set up your camera much earlier than the showtime. That’s because you don’t get many chances to take long exposure again and again, so it is important that you don’t waste any time setting up the camera.
And last but not the least, always shoot raw. If you don’t, you won’t be able to remove noise in the post production.