Slow shutter speeds can be used to capture a wide variety of subjects including light trails, waterfalls and objects in low light. Over the last year, ePHOTOzine has written about many of these slow shutter speed techniques and as a result, we've decided to group the most popular ones together into a top ten list so, hopefully, you'll be fuelled with enough inspiration and ideas to make you want to head out to experiment with longer exposures.
Once you've had a read of our tips, don't forget you can post your portraits in our Photo Month forum to share with the rest of ePHOTOzine's members.
Here's the top ten list:
If you want to shoot some night shots in a town or city, have a read of our tips before heading out the door. We have advice on staying safe, what equipment you should take, when to shoot, where to shoot and what settings you should consider using.
John Gravett shows us how wind movement can make interesting and more dynamic landscape shots. He shows us how longer shutter speeds and wind movement can be used to capture shots at the coast, by rivers and in fields with trees and grasses nearby.
Using long exposures to blur the movement of water as it laps against the land isn't a new technique but it is one that works well and never really seems to go out of fashion. So, here are a few tips on using long exposures to add some creative blur to the sea.
Ben Boswell shows how a few children's toys can make excellent tools for light painting. The toys used are cheap and widely available and any dark place will do as a location so this is a technique anyone can try.
Here's a list of ten tips on shooting waterfalls which includes using slower shutter speeds to blur the movement of the falls.
The period from dusk to dawn is so neglected by photographers, and can yield such exciting opportunities, as John Gravett explains in this article.
Did you wonder how people get car lights to streak through their images? Well this article will give you the answers.
Learn how blur can help emphasis speed and create action in a shot. There are various ways to create blur, including the use of slow shutter speeds.
For those who don't mind a fierce wind and cold weather, winter is a great time to shoot at the coast. Why? Well it's quieter as you don't tend to get many tourists visiting out of season and strong winds can create strong sea swells which means they'll be plenty of big waves crashing into cliffs and sea walls to capture. Of course, you'll want to capture the raw power of the waves but you can also use slow shutter speeds to smooth swirls with dry-ice like mist surrounding them.
The idea of movement isn't usually a thought that first springs to mind when you try to describe what a landscape shot is. However, when you start to think of popular landscape topics such as waterfalls, rivers, trees, clouds and the sea, you suddenly realise movement, which makes shots more dynamic, crops up more often than you think.