Taking long exposure photographies is a stunning way how to capture a world where the power of light creates surreal creations hidden for your own eyes and also a cool way how to add motion to your picture, using the natural power of wind or water stream. You can find here some cool tips and tricks how to take long exposure photographies.
There is only one crucial thing you will need to take long exposed pictures – TRIPOD. If I can give you a good advice, do not spend money for a plastic one. You need to be sure of the maximal stability of the tripod. Additionaly I suppose you own a camera with a manual exposure settings if you read this as well.
As you have probably realized the long exposure photograph will be taken during a longer time and sometimes with a larger aperture (f-number) as well. Where to use the long exposure? Basically you can use it in situations when you have less light in your scene or and here comes the trick part when there is something in the scene that is moving (e.g. on the background and you want to capture the movement of the object on the background).
Water streams. The stream of water is an ideal object to test your time settings skills. A common rule says that the longer you expose the stream of water the smoother the photographed surface of the water is. There are no visible single drops. If you take your time and practice enough your long exposed photographs of water can be STUNNING!You can watch here some examples
Night Traffic. Traffic in the night is another great object for the long exposure photography. The moving lights of cars create the same effect as the water stream from the example above. If you photograph the same speed traffic you will be able to see rails of light red and white of the rear and front lights. If you take a picture of a slowing down or speeding up traffic the density of the lights will change. The lines of light are going to be thinner in places where the car speeds up.Again watch some examples here
Night sky. As you know the night sky is a moving object as well (thanks to the Earth’s rotation] and it has its own light – stars. So it means you can take a cool photographs of the night sky as well. The main trick here is a superlong exposure in minutes or tens of minutes as the light from the stars is weak.
Do you need a tip how to start to create these great trick photographies? Simply take your tripod, camera go to the nearest stream (water, traffic, people whatever). Install the camera on the tripod and just play with the time and stops you will soon realize how it works. I really recommend to start with the water stream photography.
Remember on golden rule: The composition is the king. Never underestimate it. A cool water stream trick can be half-destroyed when composition of the picture is poor!