The Technique and Artistry of Long Exposure Photography

One of the first things almost everyone likes to do when they get their first real professional camera is play with taking long exposures. If you are ready to take your long exposures to the next level, this fantastic video will show you how its done and give you some helpful tips for composing better images.

Coming to you from Craig Roberts of e6 Vlogs, this great video talks about how to improve your long exposures from both a technical and artistic standpoint. Long exposures are about more than just slapping on an ND filter and going to town (fun as that may be). Because they produce results that can be wildly different from how the naked eye sees a scene, it is important to build your compositions and make creative decisions with the result in mind. The beauty of a long exposure is that it can turn a relatively plain photo into an attractive minimalist image, but it takes special consideration to do it right. In particular, pay careful attention to the wind and the presence of things like vegetation, as this can cause issues. Check out the video above for lots of helpful tips and tricks from Roberts. 

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3 Comments

Brian Albers's picture

25 minutes video? Not gonna happen. Write it out, post some example pictures, I'll read it in 5 minutes. I'd really like to soak up all the knowledge that anybody has to offer, but I simply have too much to do than to sit and watch this or any video for 25 minutes, and I'm probably not alone.

Does fstoppers ever do anything beside post links to youtube videos?

Eric Robinson's picture

The video is more about you rather than the advertised subject. Too much irrelevant content! 7 mins in and I’ve learned nothing apart from the unpredictability of weather.
Decide on your story and stick to it. All that chatter to the camera is bollocks, don’t do it. If you have some expertise to share or some insight into long exposure photography, then share it, but leave all the other bollocks out. 13 mins in and he finally gets to the point! God save us from photographers who imagine they can make instructional films. This could have been edited down to a good 2 min video that would have hit the spot.