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70 Dazzling Long Exposure Photography Examples & Tips

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Long exposure photography means using a long shutter speed, a tripod, and often a remote shutter release. The resulting effect is to sharply capture stationary elements of a scene, while blurring, smearing, or obscuring any moving elements. It's a beautiful effect, and can lead to incredibly beautiful images. In this roundup, we've compiled some amazing long exposure photography, along with useful tips and links to help you try it yourself!


3 Tips For Long Exposure Photography

Go Steady

Whenever you're leaving your camera shutter open for a long period (anything above the reciprocal of the lens’ focal length - i.e. 1/50th of a second for a 50mm lens), you'll need to have something to steady your camera. Holding it by hand is perfectly fine for many shots, but not if you're wanting to experiment with a long exposure.

Start by picking up a tripod. It doesn't need to be a particularly fancy or expensive model, particularly if you're only just starting out. Choose a size that fits your compromise between being large enough to be useful, but small enough to carry around as needed.

You could also purchase a cable release, to avoid any shake when you physically press the shutter. A cheaper alternative to this is simply using the self-timer on your SLR. Set it to two seconds, and then stand back!


Use a Neutral Density Filter

If you're wanting to use a long exposure in daytime for a blurring effect, you'll often find that your image quickly becomes over-exposed with blown out highlights. To remedy this, try using a neutral density filter. These come in all manner of different varieties, each of which will allow you to maintain a longer shutter speed in particular light conditions.

These are particularly useful when you're trying to blur the motion of water in daylight, or if you'd like to reduce the depth of field in very bright lighting conditions.

River Llugwy

Long exposure photography

Head Out at Night

Although there's plenty to be captured in the day, long exposures at night take on a completely new feel. It's a widely showcased type of photography, but one that never fails to impress and amaze. It shows a blurred aspect of light that we never see with our own eyes, and captivates viewers for that very reason.

The usual advice applies - You need a tripod, lots of patience, and a few interesting sources of artificial light to incorporate in the photo!

Bright Atlanta

Long exposure photography

Dazzling Long Exposure Examples

Endurance

Long exposure photography

Making An Appearance

Long exposure photography

In The Groove

Long exposure photography

Super S

Long exposure photography

News flash

Long exposure photography

Country Road at Night

Long exposure photography

7 snake

Long exposure photography

Another Early One

Long exposure photography

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Long exposure photography

Kiz Kulesi

Long exposure photography

Golden Gate

Long exposure photography

time to choose the right colours..

Long exposure photography

Platform Holly

Long exposure photography

Santa Monica Spin

Long exposure photography

Railway to Heaven

Long exposure photography

Snake Trail Road

Long exposure photography

Dune Blazers

Long exposure photography

Zion at night.... with a real camera.

Long exposure photography

Sunset Road

Long exposure photography

Another Sunset in Austin

Long exposure photography

Last passenger

Long exposure photography

Hyperdriiiiiiiiive

Long exposure photography

Burning Man

Long exposure photography

Railroad

Long exposure photography

back to the future...

Long exposure photography

Davenport

Long exposure photography

Rowena Crest

Long exposure photography

exposure

Long exposure photography

Rockstar

Long exposure photography

Petit groupe nocturne ...

Long exposure photography

Daily Disney (Explored)

Long exposure photography

Speed Tunnel

Long exposure photography

Inter City Fisheye

Long exposure photography

Moonlit Cruise

Long exposure photography

flickrwhore

Long exposure photography

Champs Elysée

Long exposure photography

More Tower Bridge Traffic

Long exposure photography

Extreme Remix

Long exposure photography

The Stars Will Always Shine

Long exposure photography

Freeway Flow

Long exposure photography

1907 Yosemite Valley

Long exposure photography

Noches doradas

Long exposure photography

Abduction in Altadena

Long exposure photography

Ball of light - That Sinking Feeling

Long exposure photography

Foppolo by Night

Long exposure photography

port-O-potty

Long exposure photography

KFOG KABOOM

Long exposure photography

Speed of light

Long exposure photography

Car

Long exposure photography

Heavens Above

Long exposure photography

Nòria del Tibidabo

Long exposure photography

last train

Long exposure photography

Don't Walk, Dante!

Long exposure photography

Locked

Long exposure photography

Expressboat leaving

Long exposure photography

- U -

Long exposure photography

Pacman II

Long exposure photography

Persistence

Long exposure photography

Northern Chicago and the Lake Michigan

Long exposure photography

Long Exposure

Long exposure photography

Holy Long Exposure

Long exposure photography

People mixer

Long exposure photography

Golden Gate bridge

Long exposure photography

The couple

Long exposure photography

Point Lobos

Long exposure photography

On the roof

Long exposure photography

Ode to Notraces

Long exposure photography

Vernazza

Long exposure photography

Long exposure Self Portrait

Long exposure photography

Other Resources Elsewhere

Ten Long-Exposure Photography Tips

Guide to daytime long exposures

8 Tips for Long Exposure Photography

Technique – using long exposures to achieve “glassy” water

Long Exposure Night Photography Technique

How to Shoot Light Trails

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