7 Creative Effects You Can Achieve With Slow Shutter Speed


Photographing in the manual mode allows you complete control over the photographic process and all the camera settings. Shutter speed, in particular, is one setting that allows you to explore a lot of creative ways to capture photos.

While fast shutter speed is great to freeze motion, slow shutter speed can capture motion in remarkable ways. In this post, we'll look at seven creative effects that you can achieve using slow shutter speed or long exposures.

If long exposure photography interests you, and you want to learn how to create magical long exposure shots, do take a look at Kent DuFault's guide to long exposure photography. But for now, let's see what you can do with long exposures! Do give these ideas a try.

1. Light Trails

Photo by Phil Dolby
Photo by Jamesj8246
Photo by Syuqor7

You can read more about capturing light trails here.

2. Silky Water

Photo by Giuseppe Milo
Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras
Photo by Powderruns

To learn more about capturing silky water, check out the post here.

3. Light Painting

Photo by Brian Tomlinson
Photo by Jerry Kirkhart
Photo by Aaron Bauer

Read here to get started with light painting.

4. Silky Clouds

Photo by Richard Walker
Photo by Jonathan Combe
Photo by Nikos Koutoulas
Photo by Silentmind 8

Read the post here to learn more about capturing clouds.

5. Star Trails

Photo by Dave Doe
Photo by European Southern Observatory
Photo by Mike Lewinski

Learn how to photograph star trails here.

6. Panning

Photo by Dragan Brankovic
Photo by Vinoth Chandar

To learn more about panning, check out this post.

7. Ghost Effect

Photo by Beat Tschanz
Photo by Tuncay

Get Started With Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography is a simple technique that can make your photos stand out. If it interests you, and you want to learn how to create magical long exposure shots, do check out Kent DuFault's 119-page comprehensive guide that will teach you everything you need to know about long exposure photography. Click here now to check it out.

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Ritesh has been photographing since 2010 and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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