Worth Watching Long Exposure Photography

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

The train is coming - a long exposure photo

Søla by Wiktor Klette

Long exposure light trails

Last Train by Lev Tsimring

Last Train

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

Big Bridge

High Speed Chase by nyamnyamnyam


Dune Blazers by Alisdair Miller

This desert picture is one of the best examples of long exposure photography


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.

It’s a good idea to use filters to hold back light. Circular polarizers reduce light in two stops. Then there are other Neutral Density filters so there are loads of choices.

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.

That’s all for today everyone. All the best, and don’t forget to share your images with us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.