The magic of long-exposure photography stems from the mixture of the combination of movement and static elements.
The serene scenes of smooth, flowing water or dramatic, streaky clouds in relation to rock-solid elements like a dock, mountain or even a city scape always creates a stunning effect.
The unpredictable nature of how movement will get captured after a long-exposure photograph makes most images come out as unique artwork.
Here’s a good video tutorial from ThatNikonGuy on how to get your basic long-exposure photographer fundamentals in check and learn how to use shutter speed to blur subjects or even disappear from the scene altogether.
Prefer Reading? Quintessential Guide to Slow, Long Exposure Photography
Looking to explore the creative possibilities behind the slow end of the shutter dial? Looking for some new ideas, or want a primer on intentional camera motion, panning, long exposure techniques, and the equipment to help you make it happen?
Andrew S. Gibson’s SLOW is 64 spreads of teaching and inspiration on the techniques and aesthetics of using a slow shutter to create expressive images skillfully captured through exposure and movement. To complement his own work, Andrew also includes two case studies from photographers Doug Chinnery and Joel Tjintjelaar, which help to provide tangible insights on the subject of long-exposure photography. Check out the book here.