How to Practice Long Exposure Photography at Home

Long exposure photography is quite an exciting creative technique that adds to the overall look and feel of the image. When done correctly, it also add to the mood of the image. Usually, it works great with landscapes, waterfalls, and traffic. But when you’re forced to stay indoors, how do you go about doing long exposure photography? Turns out, you can try this technique at home as well. Photographer Maria Perez with B&H goes over the settings and gear you can use to practice long exposure at home:

“Long exposure photography is the style of photography using a long-duration shutter speed to create blur in moving objects.”

Some moving objects that you can find around house include running water, fire, and even clouds. Once you determine your subject, be sure to use a low ISO, narrow aperture, and even a Neutral Density (ND) filter if required. These will allow you to use a slower shutter speed without overexposing the image. What shutter speed to use depends on a variety of variables so feel free to experiment until you’re happy with the result.

When it’s nighttime, you can use the long exposure technique for some creative light painting. Expose the shutter for a long duration, get in front of your camera with a flashlight, and start creating your piece of art.

Having to stay indoors should not obstruct the flow of your creative energy. Remain creative, and keep on creating.

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