Open

by damned truths

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

Long exposures are taken with shutter speeds generally longer or much longer than one second, in order to capture stationary objects in low light while blurring or obscuring moving elements.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

5
votes
3answers
836 views

How can I avoid star effect on light sources on long exposure photos?

I'm about to make some long exposure photos, but I don't want them to have this star effect on light sources. Can I avoid that with any filter? For this shot I used a Canon 18-55mm lenses. Note that ...
5
votes
3answers
11k views

How do I set my Canon 600D for Long Exposure?

I have a Canon 600d. I need to have a long exposure. What settings should be used to achieve a long exposure in my camera? I tried searching and most of them say bulb mode. I don't see it in my ...
5
votes
1answer
529 views

Is astrophotography basically pointless with a moon in the sky?

I want to take some astrophotography shots of objects in the sky while not keeping the moon in the shot. I have read in a few places that you need essentially a moonless sky to do so. Does that mean ...
5
votes
1answer
319 views

What can go wrong with extreme long term exposure?

Ok, maybe I'm crazy, but I'm curious what will happen when I combine a ND400 filter (9 stops) with a zone plate or zone sieve "lens." If I'm shooting a sunset, it I might get a 30 second exposure ...
5
votes
0answers
111 views

Long Exposures of Fireworks. How was this done? [duplicate]

Just saw these amazing long exposures of fireworks by Davey J. How did he do that? I'm assuming it's slightly more complicated than just taking a long exposure on a tripod?
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How do moving objects disappear when exposed for longer duration?

I was going through a tutorial that explained the use of an NDX filter. Pictures taken of a busy street at slow shutter speeds with the filter on had only empty streets without any vehicles. How does ...
4
votes
4answers
589 views

Why are these light trails large blobs of light instead of nice thin lines?

I'm trying to shoot a traffic light trails with my point & shoot camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8). But the oncoming vehicle headlights are appearing as large blobs of light and not exactly thin ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to photograph star trails AND city lights?

I don't get how this picture was taken: http://500px.com/photo/5956842 I know this is a blended shot and that the city lights are brought out in post but my questions is, why don't the city lights ...
4
votes
2answers
349 views

What is the effect of long exposure on file size?

Is it a rule that long exposure will produce a larger size file compared to a shorter exposure? It seems logical, since you are writing more data to the memory card when you expose for more time. ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How to set shutter time on an Android phone?

I am trying to make a LED Pen as shown here. For this I require a camera that allows exposure time of ~20s. I don't own a SLR/DSLR/Digital camera. I have a 5MP camera on my phone. I wanted to ask if ...
4
votes
1answer
472 views

Long exposure water shots tutorial for dummies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make the water silky in water/beach photography? I want to start to do some long exposure shots of water like these: picture from noticeeverything So I don't ...
3
votes
1answer
275 views

how can I determine the proper exposure for insanely long exposures

One of my favorite techniques of photography is "long exposure", night photos that take minutes or more to complete. The usual problem with these is picking the exposure. Built-in luxmeters of most ...
3
votes
5answers
887 views

Why do I have blurry star trails?

Last weekend I was experimenting with capturing star trails. I tried taking a set of 9 photos of the stars and Milkway (ISO 1600, f/2.8, 30 seconds exposure). Here is resulting combined photo (stacked ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Long exposures without turning night into day

When taking Night Photography you will use long exposures. Sometimes these exposures can be very long. My question is this: How can I take long exposures without turning a night scene into a scene ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

Long exposure photos in daytime [duplicate]

I was trying to take a long exposure photo during the daytime (my first attempt at doing so), details for settings given below, but on LCD, I couldn't see any object, it was all white, as in like lot ...
3
votes
2answers
156 views

Can I reproduce a photo taken with a larger sensor by converting camera settings to their equivalents?

I was going through Flickr looking at photos taken with a Canon SL1 and came across a cityscape photo taken at night with a very dark sky. The photo is beautiful. Using the kit lens, the settings ...
3
votes
1answer
385 views

Why does my camera make a whirring noise during a long exposure?

I have a Sony Alpha a55. When I take a long exposure photo, while the shutter is open, the camera makes a whirring sound. What causes this noise and why is it necessary to the camera's operation? ...
3
votes
5answers
303 views

How to create a ghost-like effect or shadowy figure on a photograph?

For a fantasy photo project I would like to create a ghostly atmosphere. What I have in mind is a scene with 2 characters, one of them is "real", so will be completely visible, and the other is a ...
3
votes
5answers
2k views

Using long exposures to make videos?

I would like to make a video that essentially shows a long exposure progressing as it is exposed. Essentially it would be initially dark and gradually get lighter. Lights that pass in front of the ...
3
votes
3answers
499 views

Background blur vs. frozen object in long exposure flash photography

I recently watched Adorama's video on rear curtain sync flash photography. At 4.12 to 4.42, the presenter claims that when using front-curtain sync, the background/long exposure blur will be put on ...
3
votes
3answers
535 views

Why is dark-frame subtraction on my Pentax camera shorter than the exposure time?

When my Pentax K-r applies long exposure noise reduction (dark-frame subtraction), the processing time required for this operation is less than the exposure time. For example, my camera may perform ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

Are there any digital cameras that show the partial picture mid-exposure?

Inspired by this question. Are there any cameras / firmware hacks out there that read the sensor multiple times during a long exposure, and show the partial picture on the screen? Light-painting ...
3
votes
1answer
268 views

What's the difference between taking long exposure camera shot and recording video on webcam for the same time?

What's the difference between long exposure where the shutter(on real cameras) is open for a certain period of time, and recording of a video on a webcam for that same time? Isn't the sensor exposed ...
2
votes
5answers
359 views

What difference do longer exposures such as 30s and 8s make to a photograph?

I have come across feature called longer exposures. How it effects photography? When we have to consider these features?
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How to do a long exposure with a Nikon D60

I've searched google high and low for this and all I get are results trying to sell me camera equipment. I have a Nikon D60 without the ML-L3 remote control, well I have one but the battery has run ...
2
votes
2answers
858 views

How to picture thunder when storm is coming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What technique and camera settings should I use to capture lightning strikes? My home town is very lack of thunders, but when time comes, I should be prepared to shoot. ...
2
votes
4answers
226 views

Are these strange splotches on buildings in a long-exposure photo hot pixels?

This is the first time I've seen this in my pictures and can't quite figure out what it is / how it fix it / or how to avoid it in the future. Was wondering if anyone here had any ideas? The thing in ...
2
votes
2answers
119 views

What is the relationship between readout and exposure time?

When I increase the exposure time (say up to 20 s), it seems like my Nikon D3100 takes longer to readout the picture (no matter the intensities in the picture!). How is the readout related to the ...
2
votes
2answers
362 views

coastal sunrise long exposure

I want to take a photo at sunrise with a long exposure of the sea which contains old World War 2 boat docking equipment in the sea. will i need to have a ND filter to achieve this as during the day ...
2
votes
4answers
132 views

How to maximise the impact of car headlight trails in long exposure

I'm trying to do long exposure photos with car headlight trails and am finding the results a little disappointing due to the low 'impact' of the light trails. I believe there are a few things ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Little cross on photos with slow shutter speed. Is this a hot pixel?

I found this strange little cross on pictures when I was doing some long exposure photography. I have had some experience with hot pixel in the past, but this thing seems completely new to me. (1:1) ...
2
votes
1answer
529 views

What is the battery consumption of the Canon EOS 20D in bulb mode?

What is the estimated battery consumption when using bulb mode for an exposure about an hour long? I know the best thing is to test it out, but I'm not in position to do that right now. Camera is ...
2
votes
1answer
200 views

How would you set up a long-exposure shot from the computer?

I just got a USB digital microscope and I would like to setup a long exposure experiment (~5 minute capture). Unfortunately, I have no clue what software I need to have to set up a long exposure shot. ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Does long exposure mean more details in landscape photos? If not, then how to take sharp landscape photos?

If I take a nature landscape photo using long exposure (tripod+shutter release), would that help me get more details in my photos? Example: (I don't have the high res version handy right now, sorry ...
1
vote
5answers
8k views

Long exposure on Canon 60D

I want to take some night shots of the sky and landscape showing up stars and cars on a distant road. I have the option to set the shutter speed to 30s, but I want to take a 2 min (or more) exposure, ...
1
vote
2answers
426 views

Blurred water effect

I have recently purchased a DSLR ( Canon EOS 500D) and am going to Rome in May with it. As you will probably know Rome is quite well known for its great fountains. When in Rome I wanted to try to take ...
1
vote
2answers
417 views

What causes strange spiral pattern on my star line?

Ok, so I created this test image. The camera was behind the window, I just tested long exposure photography on the single star I saw. It was about 20 minutes of expo, star was out of focus (I really ...
1
vote
4answers
250 views

Long Exposure shot - subject too bright

While I was on holiday, I tried to make use of my tripod to take a long exposure shot of Lago di Ledro. I put my Nikon d3300 on shutter priority with ISO of 100/200 and ss of a few seconds, however ...
1
vote
2answers
221 views

Long exposure photoshop?

Whilst on holiday in Iceland, I forgot to buy a ND filter, which didn't allow me to take long exposure shots of waterfalls. I have a few images that I would have preferred to expose for longer but ...
1
vote
3answers
466 views

What's the difference between a closed and open aperture diaphragm for night street photos?

I'm capturing a picture during night and to a street with a lot of cars running over the street. What happens (in general, from a theoretical point of view) if I shoot the same photo under the ...
1
vote
1answer
806 views

How to photograph panning with a point and shoot camera?

I have recently learnt about panning photography on the internet and I was curious about capturing one myself, But as an amateur I just own a Point and shoot camera (Samsung SL30), I have ...
1
vote
2answers
109 views

Long exposure mode in Nikon with a Remote shutter control

I want to learn and do some long exposure photography from cars in highways, etc. So I got a wireless remote shutter control! Now in the settings of the camera I see two options, one says Long ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

Should I turn off in-camera long exposure noise reduction when shooting for image stacking?

I have never shot with intervalmeter for the purposes of image stacking but want to at least try. I am going to try star trails but my question is this: Should I turn off in-camera long exposure ...
1
vote
4answers
156 views

Techniques used in long exposure in a forest

I stumbled upon a photo and am intrigued at what the photographer do to achieve this result. tree in forest I know there will be much processing involved but to achieve a decent photo that is ...
1
vote
2answers
51 views

Are there any resources or websites for finding areas which have low levels of light pollution at night?

Are there any websites which map light pollution levels so I know where to go for decent long exposure night shots? Or general resources for that matter?
1
vote
2answers
121 views

Difference between long exposure in a dim room Vs. short exposure in a well-lit room (using a tripod, ISO 100)

I'm trying to photograph a painting without using any lighting equipment, just the natural light in the room on a cloudy day (i.e, little or no direct sunlight). I am shooting straight on with a ...
1
vote
1answer
103 views

Sturdy tripod on a budget [duplicate]

One of my favourite types of photography is long exposure photography. I use a nikon D3100 with the kit lens. Unfortunately being the beginner I was, I decided to buy a cheap tripod from Ebay...I am ...
1
vote
1answer
433 views

Why does my shutter release multiple times using wireless remote in bulb mode? Canon t3i

Recently when using bulb mode on my Canon t3i (usually doing some night long exposure shots) I have had problems. I press the button on the remote to open the shutter and again to close it, but then ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

How can I take long exposure photos with a webcam?

I have a very simple webcam made by A4tech. It already has an exposure function (in its settings) and it's good in low light. I want to be able to take even longer exposures. I have found this but ...
1
vote
3answers
202 views

How can I take long exposures on Nikon D7000 with a wireless remote? [duplicate]

How can I take long exposures on a Nikon D7000 with a wireless remote? I've read the existing question on this, but the answers there are not working for me. "Bulb" shows up when the shutter control ...