Professional photography Sven Verbruci has released a collection of long exposure photographs which are nothing short of amazing. We have selected 10 of his best shots, so take a look and see if you agree how good they are.
Curacao under the stars
Flat Iron Rush
Just Before Darkness
Take a spin
The speed of dawn
How To get Professional Photography Results For Long Exposure Pictures
The most important tool that you will need is a sturdy tripod, and a DSLR camera that allows for long exposures.
Photographing A Ferris Wheel
Move close and use a wide-angle lens to get as much detail as possible. Place your camera on a tripod and frame the image.
Because we want all the elements to be sharp, choose a small aperture between f/11-f/32. Set your camera to either Manual or TV (Shutter Priority) mode and choose a shutter speed according to the speed of the lighted Ferris wheel, and the style you are after (anywhere between 1-30 seconds).
You should take the image using the camera’s self timer or a cable release so that you avoid touching and jiggling the camera. The image captured will be full of light trails against a black sky, yet the center beams that hold the wheel will be sharp.
Stunning Light Trails
Traffic head light and tail light trails give a stunning effect and are a great way to get acquainted with long exposure times.
Select a busy road that has lots of traffic at night. Use a sturdy tripod and position the camera so that it has an overview of the area. Use a small aperture of f/16 or smaller for a greater depth of field, making most of the image in focus. The longer the exposure, the more lines will appear and the longer they will look.
Blurry Sea Waters
To capture that dramatic look of the ocean and the sky, you should utilize the amazing light of “the golden hour”, the last hour before the sun sets.
Follow the basics of night photography – place the camera on a tripod, use a wide-angle lens with the smallest aperture possible, and focus to infinity. Turn the camera’s mode dial to Manual or Bulb shooting mode and use a slow shutter speed (5-30 seconds) for a longer exposure. The longer the exposure the more misty the water appears. Use your camera’s self-timer or a cable release to take the photo with absolutely no blurring. Don’t use flash because it could ruin the effect in the image.