12 Tips for Long Exposure Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is beautiful on its own, but it can be so much more creative with long exposures. Immediately afterwards I discovered long exposure photography for landscapes. It was love at first sight.

When I scout for a new location, or I search the internet, I have always long exposure photography in mind.

You can do long exposure landscape photography almost anywhere on the globe. You need to know where and when to find an element that moves at an adequate speed.

The two main subjects are water (including waterfalls, seas, streams) and clouds in the sky.

But there may also be other possibilities. For example: car’s lights moving on a winding mountain or hill road, or the movement of stars in the sky. Also, taking an image of the Milky Way is a long exposure.

Here are 12 tips to help you take better long exposure photography. Almost all will apply to all the cases I have mentioned above.

Long exposure photography of a coastal seascape in Porto Venere, Italy. Long exposure landscapesTwo minute long exposure photography in Porto Venere, Italy. Without an incoming storm I would not have been able to take this long exposure.

Look for Overcast Weather

One of the less considered aspects of a successful long exposure photography is the weather.

A sunset or sunrise with a cloudless sky can be beautiful to see live. A unique experience. But it can immediately turn into a boring photo because there’s no movement in the sky.

Even worse is leaving home with a beautiful sky overhead and then arriving at the shooting location only to have it start raining as soon as you take out your camera.

So get familiar with weather websites! These will show you the movement of clouds and precipitation levels.

Then you can have a better idea of ​​what you will find once in the field.

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