Basic Tips for Long Exposure
There are a lot of fun and exciting things you can do with lights, cameras and long exposure. When shooting long exposure shots, the shutter speed on your camera needs to be open a long time so you can capture the movement you want. With long shutter speeds comes the need for a tripod to ensure your camera doesn’t move during the shot and a high aperture to compensate for all the light a long shutter speed will capture.
The type of long exposure featured here, you’ll need to turn the lights off or go outside at night in the dark. You’ll start out in auto focus, with a light shining on your subject, to enable you to focus on the spot you want, and then switch to manual focus to allow you to start the picture in the dark.
Colored Light Wands – Long Exposure
These images use a light wand, a very bright light that is long and skinny, to light up the subjects. While the models are holding very still, someone runs behind them holding the light to make a pattern to light them up from behind and then briefly shines it in front of the models, if you want to show their faces.
Light Sketching – Long Exposure
For this image we had our friend hold very still while we lit him up and used a red fiber optic light up wand to sketch in the ‘magic.’
Outdoor Light Painting – Long Exposure
Outdoor Light Painting is very similar to indoor light painting, just on a bigger scale. Start your camera and then using a flashlight, light up the area you want to see in your picture.
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I really enjoyed your article and how you explained light painting and long exposure. I thought it was interesting to think of outdoor light painting as the same as indoor light painting on a bigger scale. Check out my post on long exposure photography: https://marleehigginsphoto.com/long-exposure-photography/ Also check out this guide by Christian Hoiberg on long exposure photography: https://www.capturelandscapes.com/ultimate-guide-long-exposure-photography/