Long exposure photography for beginners is a hallmark of the art and a right of passage, so look no further if you have any pictures or a time-lapse that wasn’t a long exposure and you thought it would have looked good as one.
For most of us, long exposure is one of those strategies you practice and try very early on. I just went on a few outings with it when I purchased my first camera before I bought a Gorillapod and went to a bridge at night to take a long exposure of the light trails from the vehicles. I was in love with the performance, which were actually somewhat higher than my level of skill and comprehension, and I set out to build more.
Long exposure photography is now a method that I take out when the right situation occurs, but there have been times when with a collection of pictures, usually landscapes or waterscapes, I have come back to my screen, and I have wondered why I didn’t think of trying a long exposure. Sometimes it’s because of how tedious and upsetting it is to take them, particularly during the day when you need an ND32 filter, or at least some welding glass. You’ve been able to create realistic-looking long exposures in Photoshop for a while now, however, and it’s a good trick to have in your back pocket when a picture is not quite working, or it was too bright for tens of seconds to expose.
Do you think long exposures in Photoshop are realistic? In Photoshop, have you ever produced a long exposure? Share your success in the comments below?