At long last, I dove in to the long exposure photography world. It took me a while, but I did it!
Oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, you know those really cool looking photos of light trails, those are achieved by taking a “slower photo” (if that makes sense). Meaning, that you decrease your shutter speed on your camera to make it capture more in one shot.
One vital thing about long exposure photography is to be stable. One tiny little movement can ruin your photo. That’s why I recommend using a tripod for these kinds of photos and a remote control for your shutter.
With long exposure you can push your photography even further. Making running water look silky smooth. Make those lights follow cars, busses, trams. Taking a long exposure photo of a night sky and making those stars appear.
For the past two months I have been looking at those kinds of photos and thinking about trying to take one myself. I did it today. I’m going to show you the original photo and the edited, final piece. So here’s the original ↓
Doesn’t look that good, yet…
I mounted my phone on a tripod, changed to pro-mode on my camera settings, took ISO (camera’s sensitivity to light) down to 100 and changed my shutter speed to 6 (sec). This photo was taken this morning, so it was perfect for capturing those trails of light.
Now I’m going to show you the edited version, which is this one ↓
After a little bit of cropping and editing, it turned out pretty good, wouldn’t you say? Not going to lie, I’m a little bit proud of this one 😁 And not just because it is my first long exposure photo ever, but because all this is achievable with just a smartphone. It still amazes me how well this little thing can perform.
Oh and I forgot to mention, the slower an object moves (stars for example), the longer your shutter speed needs to be.
That’s it for today. I hope I gave you some insight on this kind of photography 😊
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