The Simple Long Exposure Tip Nobody Talks About

This article is based on concepts from the The Complete Guide to Long Exposure Photography if you want to dig deeper for further training.

When I first started in Long Exposure photography, I became very frustrated.

I purchased all of the right gear, and I followed the simple steps as listed with various online blogs.

Yet, at least half of the time, my photos were boring, and the long exposure effect was minimal.

I discovered something pretty important on my own that no online tutorial had covered for me.

I want to share my discovery with you today in this quick tip so that you can avoid the headaches that I endured.

unimpressive long exposure example

Photograph #1 By Kent DuFault

Here’s one of my early attempts at Long Exposure Photography that left me scratching my head. You can barely see the long exposure effect!

more maximized long exposure effect

Photograph #2 By Kent DuFault

Here is another attempt after I discovered my quick tip that I am going to share with you today.

The quick tip is almost embarrassingly simple, yet so important to your success.

shallow vs deep angle for long exposure

Photograph #3 By Kent DuFault

Here’s your Long Exposure quick tip:

The angle of view from the camera to the subject will play a critical role when capturing the Long Exposure effect. When this angle is shallow, the effect is minimized. When this angle is deeper, the effect is maximized.

It’s also essential to take into account the angle of the subject movement as relative to the camera position and point-of-view. But that’s a discussion for another day.

long exposure with deep angle

Photograph #4 By Kent DuFault

Remember, a deep angle equals a fantastic long exposure effect! Next time you’re out for some long exposure shots, give this tip a try and see how it works for you.

About the Author:
Kent DuFault is an author and photographer with over 35 years of experience. He’s currently the director of content at the online photography school, Photzy.com

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