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Have you ever looked at a powerful landscape image and asked yourself why you are drawn in? It might very well be thanks to long exposure. The use of long exposure techniques allows the photographer to keep the focus on the subject by effectively blurring elements of a composition which may divert the eye from the main subject.

Long exposure is a valuable tool for a photographer, and has many applications. In this guide, with the help of Phase One Ambassador Paul Reiffer, we take a closer look at essential equipment used in long exposure photography and understanding basic camera settings, and we apply this knowledge using concrete examples that Paul will walk you through, including valuable pro tips, so will be able to go out and try the effect for yourself.

You will gain knowledge on how to achieve:

•Silky water and cloud movement

•Light trails

•Brightening dark scenes


This guide aims to provide a foundation which will allow you to start using long exposure techniques in your photography – whether you wish to achieve silky water and blurred clouds, show the bustle of a busy city, capture the wonder of the northern lights, or find your own unique long exposure style.

Both those new to long exposure photography, as well as those who are more advanced, will benefit from this guide. And there is plenty of inspiration throughout, as well as the learning content! Find yourself and start exploring.

I am relatively new to photography

Do you need some basic introduction to shooting in manual mode? Start here, and we will ensure you are comfortable shooting manual before you begin.

I am new to long exposure

Are you comfortable with manual controls, but have not yet explored long exposure photography? Start here to begin your journey with our tutorials.

I am here for the inspiration

The whole guide is chock full of inspiration, but if you are just here for a good story, you can skip to the end to learn about the story behind the cover image.