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 james j8246

Photo by Syuqor Aizzat

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 Silentmind8

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

Photo by Damianos Chronakis

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 Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now 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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