My love / hate relationship with long-exposure photography

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A beautiful example of using a long exposure (Image credit: Jonathan Bean on Unsplash)

I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with long-exposure photography. When done properly, it can deliver photos that you just can't create using standard exposure times, but when done badly it can look a little tacky. When shooting seascapes, waterfalls or the night sky, long exposures are not only essential but very effective – and with a little bit of post-processing, you can create some really stunning images. 

We’ve all done it: set our tripods up next to a road, connected our shutter release cables and waited for traffic to go by to take the shot. When you first start out in photography, it is a good way of getting to grips with long exposures because the effect is visible almost instantly – but I think that’s where long exposures of vehicles should stop. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.