Star trails, soft streaky clouds, silky smooth water. What do all of these images have in common?
If you guessed a long exposure time, you’re right. Long exposure photography is the art of using a slow shutter speed (long exposure) to capture the cumulative effects of time passing – in one image. This technique allows you to capture clouds as they travel across the sky or the lights of traffic as they move along the highway.
Long exposure photography is addictive! This technique offers rewarding results – images that are unique and artistic. While perfecting the art of long exposure takes a bit of practice – and a lot of trial and error, the results are worth it.
Are you ready to get started with long exposure? Read on to see ten amazing things that happen when you slow your shutter down.
Long exposure is often used at night to create breathtaking photographs. One of the best-known examples of long exposure photography is star trails. For star trails, you’ll need a tripod, a remote shutter control, and time –lots of it! Depending on how long you want the star trails to be, you’ll also need Photoshop or similar post-processing software. Your exposure time for star trails can be anywhere from 30 seconds for relatively small trails, to several minutes or even hours for much longer trails. However, keep in mind that the longer your exposure is, the more “noise” you will get in your photos. This is where Photoshop comes in. You can help to minimize noise by taking multiple exposures and then blending the images in layers in Photoshop. This technique has resulted in some amazing photographs of the night sky that we wouldn’t normally see.