7 brilliant tips to help you shoot amazing slow-shutter-speed photos



Experimentation is the key to learning new things in photography, and it should be something you do from time-to-time. Not only will it help you stay passionate, the more you experiment, the more opportunities you will discover. Long-exposure street photography is a great example of this kind of experimentation.

Go out shooting during the early hours of the morning or late afternoon on dusk when the light is low. Adjust your camera settings to increase or decrease the amount of light on your sensor. Take a mental note of what settings are favourable for the ambient light. Your shutter speed might be too long for the image you want to capture; as a result you may need to increase the sensitivity of the sensor by boosting the ISO, wait for a time when there is more light, or add light to the scene artificially.

Man crosses the street as a taxi passes in the background. Shooting from a low angle with a slow shutter allowed me to capture the desired blurred effect. Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm lens @ 18mm, 1/15s @ f8, ISO 200, handheld. Contrast, curves and levels adjustment, sharpening in Photoshop CC. Photo © Drew Hopper.

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