Category: Long exposure photography
Slow shutters create interesting effects in many forms of photography. Long exposure photography works well in many forms of landscape photography especially with a tripod. The effectiveness of long exposure photography to communicate movement in a scene, makes slow shutter photography a favourite for beaches and waterfalls.
Playing with shutter speed encourages some of the best creativity in photography. These technical articles will inspire you to go out and experiment with long exposure photography.
An open shutter can create order out of chaos when you photograph moving water. With good camera skills you can contrast moving water with something solid and immovable. A long exposure can flatten the most turbulent ocean to create the illusion that it is a calm lake. Waterfalls look like they are flowing with milk when you slow the shutter and shapes appear that you don't normally see.
Night photographers try to keep their exposures as short as possible to avoid star trails, but a long exposure photo of the night sky can show the effects of the Earth's rotation. In the city, the contrast of the moving red lights of the cars contrasts with the stationary street lights.