A to Z Challenge: T is for Time Exposure

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is T is for Time Exposure.

Time exposure photography is also called long exposure.  Basically it “involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-exposure_photography)

I know you all have seen pictures like this. You can do this with night photography, you can create what is called “light painting”, where you move a light around in a dark room to create patterns, and you can do cool things with water blurring.

I have never tried pictures like this before.  To do it right, you definitely need a tripod, or something to set your camera on so it doesn’t move.

I’m going to try some light painting.  I need to find something to put the old camera on and will experiment with shutter speeds to see what works best.  I uses a box to put the camera on, and some candles.  It was kind of fun!

1 second exposure


2 seconds exposure


3.2 seconds exposure


Also 3.2 seconds exposure


4 seconds exposure


5 seconds exposure


6 seconds exposure


And finally, 8!!!  8 seconds exposure!!  Bwaaa haa haa haa!!!


Here’s a good tutorial site for light painting:  http://digital-photography-school.com/light-painting-part-one-the-photography/

Want to know more?  This is an excellent tutorial site for time/long exposure photography:  http://www.bwvision.com/complete-guide-long-exposure-photography-2016-edition/

To see some more cool examples of time exposure photography, go to http://digital-photography-school.com/long-exposure-photography/

And here are some great examples of real light painting:  http://lightpaintingphotography.com/

Posted on April 23, 2016, in A to Z Challenge and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. It looks so cool! The 2-second one looks like there’s a ghost in the room and the 8-second one, wow!

  2. You go, girl! I can do this but only because I don’t have a tripod and my hand shakes. 😀

  3. I need to learn to do this!!!

  4. Oh that was epic!! I always wondered how that was done! Way cool!

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