Discovering new skills … long exposure photography

Two weeks ago, I went to Victor Idaho for a photography excursion and it was amazing! One of the things I’m really grateful I’ve learned is long exposure photography. With this new skill, I was able to do night sky photography, light sketching, and light painting. It was way fun and I came up with really nice photos.

This post will be divided it into three categories that I’ve mentioned below: sky photography, light sketching, and light painting.

Sky photography

I would have never thought that the moon could be really bright! When you shoot night sky photos, you use a long exposure on your camera. This feature keeps the shutter open for a certain amount of time that you choose and it lets in light during that time. If you see the moon you would think, it doesn’t shine as much as the sun. I thought the moon wouldn’t affect the lighting of my photos but I was totally wrong. The moonlight can be really bright during the time your shutter is open. Here are some photos that I took with the moon behind me. If you really like night sky photography, you should definitely check out Caryn Esplin’s website!

Light sketching

When you get the hang of long exposure photography, you want to try new things. I was lucky enough to have three different lights during my trip. We had lightsabers, small balls with different light colors and a wheel from a bike with tons of small lights around it. It was fun to play around with them!

Light painting

During one night of my excursion, we light painted a porch with a model in western clothing. Light painting is still a new technique for me. So far, I’ve light painted small objects with my camera close to them. This was the first time I light painted something bigger, like a porch. I used a big flashlight to cover most of the surface of the porch and the model.


Bonus: Long Exposure with daylight

As I mentioned before, long exposure means to have your shutter open for a long time. It will let in light during the time it’s open, so it’s better to do it in a dark room. But how can you capture the movement of water or clouds during the day? The answer is ND filters. They are like sunglasses for your lens. It will reduce the amount of light that goes through your shutter.