A Beginner's Guide to Long Exposure Photography

One of the first techniques every new photographer loves to try is the long exposure. Long exposures can improve image quality by helping to reduce noise, and they can be a wonderfully powerful creative tool that can entirely change the look of an image. If you are new to photography and wondering how to get started with long exposures, check out this great video tutorial that will get you up and running in no time. 

Coming to you from Park Cameras, this helpful video tutorial will get you started with long exposures. When it comes to long exposures, one important thing to remember is that they are a means, not the end. A long exposure will not fix other deficiencies in an image, and they may introduce compositional issues by virtue of how they change the balance of the frame. For example, a long exposure of water can introduce leading lines that were not visible at a normal shutter speed. Be sure to take these into consideration when building your composition. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

And if you really want to dive into long exposures and other landscape photography techniques, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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