Following my previous post about how I take photos, I thought to share with you the tips for some of the most amazing photos you could produce. Long exposure photos.

A typical example of that is some pics of a street where a red and a white line is visible. Like this

Light trails

It may seems like a hard thing to do, but after reading this short guide you will feel ready to capture images like this!

What you need
  1. Camera. A DSLR would be ideal but every camera with manual mode is ok
  2. Tripod. You need the stability because the exposure time of the photo is not suitable for handheld photos

Actually, this is all the equipment you need. The next step is to find the ideal venue. A bridge over a major crossroad, an avenue or big streets are pretty good places. You need vehicles that pass with high speed in order to take the long exposure effect

When you find the place you set your gear. When you mount the camera on the tripod these are the settings that you need

IMPORTANT INFO: This guide is to be used only during night shots. Day long exposure photography is totally different and you need some filters to do that. We will talk about filters in another post

Shooting mode: I use the Manual Mode and make the necessary adjustments. This is what I pretty much use

ISO: Normally I use a low number, like 100 or 200.

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APERTURE: Big number, something between 11 and 22. The aperture is symbolized with the letter f in your camera. You will see it in your camera screen like this f/22

SHUTTER SPEED: The most important element for long exposure. Here you need a really slow shutter speed. Usually, it is around 15 seconds but it depends on the speed of the vehicles that you want to frame in your picture.

IMPORTANT INFO: Use the time delay that every camera has (usually there is the option for 2 seconds and 10 seconds delay). By doing that, you prevent any shake of the camera that may result in a blurred photo.

In the following photo, I have set my camera with the above-mentioned settings

SETTINGS: ISO 100 – APERTURE F/22 – SHUTTER SPEED 10 SEC

 

Another cool result of the long exposure photography is when shoot people and they look a bit of blurred. I love this outcome!

SETTINGS: ISO 320 – APERTURE f/9 – SHUTTER SPEED 6 SEC

Check out these ghost-alike people! Isn’t that amazing?

I think that now you have an idea for long exposure photos. In my opinion, I included all the necessary information to start taking photos of light trails and ghost people!

I want you to send me here some photos of yours and to tell me if you had a hard time to adjust your camera to the required settings!

Also, a like here in the post and a share to your social media would mean a lot to me 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 COMMENTS

  1. Hi! I just learned how to take take Long Exposure photos, thanks to you! Your instructions are very easy to follow. Clear and no BS. I have a dslr so would try this when I get the chance. Will look forward to your post about taking Day long exposure, thanks again.

  2. Some really helpful tips here, photography in the dark is something very special but leads to amazing results if done right.

  3. I am dreaming of having a DSLR Camera someday. Presently, my boyfriend and I are just using our smart phones to take pictures of beautiful places. I also have here a point and shoot camera whenever I cannot use my phone. Do you also have a tutorial on how can we make the best of our photos using the point and shoot?

    • Hi Ana! Well if your camera has manual mode you can do what I write here. Also you can do it if your camera has other modes like shutter priority or aperture priority. Which camera model do you own?

  4. I am so noob when it comes to photography. I have always been dependent on my husband to take the pictures for my blog. I am bookmarking this post to learn at least the basics.

  5. I love taking pics such as these. Lovely and simple explanation. Best tip is the use of the two second self-timer, took me a few blurry attempts before I worked that out. Keep up the great work!

  6. Wow that was brilliant! I’ve been so engrossed with photography years back but later on i lost the passion. Maybe because its one of the most expensive hobbies coz you need to spend time learning about it and investing on gears. Taking long exposures is one thing that ive never tried before. Thank you for sharing this! Maybe i should dig that camera in the box and start shooting once again, i’ll take note of this! 🙂

    • Hi there mommy! Thnks for taking the time to read my post! I thnik that your camera deserves a second chance! After all it was not made to stay in the box! Have a nice day 🙂

  7. As of the moment, I don’t own a dslr camera, but planning to buy one, this is definitely a good tip, I save the link, because it’s very easy to follow, I could get back to this post, for my guide

  8. Long exposures are fun. Yes you definitely need a tripod and a little bit of technical knowledge. Amazing results can be produced on shots of waterfalls and sea waves etc too.

    • Hi Kcalpesh yes thats true. I did not have the chance to capture water images so far. Maybe om my next trip to Switzerland

  9. Beautiful shots you have here! I also love photography hehe. Whenever I have free time I like to walk around the neighborhood taking photos hehe. Would love to learn more photography skills!!

    • Hi Johna! What kind of photos do you prefer to take? Actually, more posts about photography are about to come! You can follow me or subscribe to get the news first 🙂

  10. One of the things I want to pursue in the future as a hobby is photography. I like looking at beautiful scenes. I like taking photos of them. Hope I can attend a photography class in the future.

    • Hi Teresa! It would be nice to attend a class, but it would be even better to go out with your camera and start taking photos! 🙂

  11. This is great. I’ve got to admit that I’m one of these people with a camera that I can’t really use correctly, so to have this broken down so simply is a wonder. Can’t wait to get out and give it a shot. I really love the look of it on people; it’s hauntingly beautiful and shows the real movement and life of a city.

    • Hi Alison! With these tips in mind, your photos will look great! Give it a try and let me know the outcome once is done!

  12. Wow! Love all your photos shared here. I don’t own a dslr camera, guess would not able to capture your kind of long exposure photos with my Canon S95 compact camera though. Perhaps will invest a dslr camera in the near future, hmm….let me save my sum 1st 😉 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  13. I’ve been researching about taking long exposure photos and this is really a great tutorial! So glad to see this! Btw, my boyfriend did this through his phone (a Huawei P9) and same results. I guess, the Leica camera the phone has is really that powerful! Btw, amazing photos!

    • Actually yes! The new Huawei with the Leica lens is amazing and it can do pretty much the same as a dslr! Thank you very much!

  14. Can I do long exposure photography with my mobile phone? I use cell phones more..actually the only real camera that I have is a Sony Cybershot, but I am not sure how long exposure can be done via that. Can you write a post on how to bring out great photos using cellphones?

    • Hi there! I think that only a few smartphones (like Huawei P9 I think) have the ability to do this. You need a camera with manual settings, meaning that you can adjust the shutter speed. You can buy a used and old dslr in order to make photos like this! Mine is a model of 2008! Very old in the strict definition of technology, when there is a new or updated model every few months! A great camera for beginners is the Nikon D90 which you can find it at around 100 Euros I think 🙂

  15. I also love shooting with long exposure. We once made a shot in Hong Kong where I was standing still and everyone else came out in blurry movement. Photography is my life!

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