Stunning light trails, blurry sea waters and beautiful star trails.. amazing!! Isn’t it??
Well that looks as mesmerizing as it sounds. But.. how do we capture such beauty?
The Long Exposure Photography!

Long-exposure, time-exposure or slow-shutter photography is a technique where long-duration shutter speed helps to sharply capture the fixed elements of the images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.

Through this method of photography, the effect of passing time can be recorded in which the inclusion of motion is the main intriguing factor. Mostly done in the night time setting and stable setup of equipment, extra care is to be taken to keep the camera stationary for the entire time for which the shutter is open. It helps to capture the long exposure effect clearly with vibrant and sharp colors.

To bring a variation to your long exposure photography, you can play with different shutter speed to produce different kinds of effects.

How to do?

If you want to capture a perfect long exposure, you have to keep in mind few important things.


A good stable tripod will help you get that perfect clear image with sharp long exposure effect. Just make sure your tripod is placed such that there is not even a small chance of movement otherwise the whole composition of the shot will be ruined.


ND Filter is needed to block the harsh light from reaching the sensor of the camera. Try avoiding high energy light sources like sun and try to exclude them in your shot. Overexposure to the light may create problems in taking proper long exposure so to avoid that we recommend you to use ND Filters. This will cut down your extra light and focus on the only light source being used for long exposure.


This is not something that is essentially needed but would prove to be a valued addition to your equipment if used during capturing along exposure. With this you can avoid any of the movement which could have been created while pressing the shutter button of the camera. If you don’t want to invest in getting a remote shutter, what you can do is – use the self timer of the camera. Press the shutter button and let the timer do its work.

Examples of Long Exposure Photography:
Light Trails
Star Trails
Blurry Sea Waters
Street Life

Practice and experiment.. eventually you’ll master the art of Long Exposures.
Happy Clicking! 🙂

~Sulekha Sonal

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