Street photography: how to remove distracting elements with long exposures

Remove distractions with long exposure photography
(Image credit: Kim)

There are many elements you can control when taking photographs, including adjusting and optimizing the aperture, ISO and shutter speed. There are also plenty of factors you can't control, especially when shooting outdoors. 

When you're shooting famous buildings or busy places, people, cars or even birds can become unwanted distractions, dominating the frame and drawing attention away from the architecture you are trying to focus upon.

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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.

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