Master Long Exposure Photos For Senior Photography Session

The day we graduate changes our lives forever. To keep such a big turn vividly stored in memories in form of pictures, people seek photographers with a creative eye.


As a photographer, you don’t get that many chances to use long exposures unless you are hired at the Olympics or any other sports event.


Whereas if you conjure up the courage to use long exposure at the senior photo session, you will get a lot of credit for being creative.


Here at Bright Focus Photography, we bought tips to become an expert at clicking photos at low shutter speed. But first, let’s see what precisely long exposure photography is.

What is a long exposure picture?

Shutter speed, which is effectively an amount of time, is one of the three components of exposing light to the camera lens. It’s the moment when the shutter opens and lightly hits the sensor. Long exposure photography is when you use a slower shutter speed than usual to blur the moving portions of an image.


When we want to indicate motion in an image, mainly when the image simultaneously contains static parts, it’s a powerful creative tool. I frequently employ this method since moving water is one of my favorite subjects to photograph.

Build up a momentum

Choose a subject that moves from left to right (or right to left) or up and down in front of the camera for the best results — and to avoid a fuzzy mass.


You can creatively shoot the falling caps of graduates and show your creativity with it.


The falling caps will appear strange. Generally, long-exposure activities include running, cycling, diving, swimming, kayaking, and car racing, to name a few.


The trick is to keep track of the subject while it moves in front of your eyes. This way, you can blur the things in the background and focus only on the subject.

Start with 1/30s shutter speed.

Finding the appropriate shutter speed in any given setting requires some trial and error. 1/30s is a good starting point for beginners.


After you’ve taken a few photographs, examine them to see if the subject is too fuzzy or frozen. Increase the shutter speed to 1/40s or 1/50s if your picture is too imprecise. Reduce the time to 1/20s or 1/10s if the subject is too fixed.


Usually, 1/30s is for subjects moving at the speed of 30 miles per hour. So, a bit of critical analysis to reduce errors.

Hold your breath

When dealing with a long exposure, it’s easy to lose track of the focus. Although using a tripod is the most efficient approach to stabilize your camera or you can also hold your breath, of course.


It is not difficult to do so without a tripod. Simply ensure that your body is perfectly still and that you are holding your breath while snapping the photo! The more stable your camera is, the more amazing long exposure you will get.

Use shutter release

A shutter release is a handy piece of gear. Earlier, we talked about blurry pictures due to non-steady hands, but blurriness can also be caused by pressing the shutter button.


Shutter release allows you to click pictures by a remote button connected via infrared. Or you can also set your camera on a timmer click to help you lessen the blurry image.

It’s all about trial & error.

It’s all about trial and error when it comes to action and sports photography. At the same time, prolonged exposure and low shutter speed add another layer of complexity to the mix—especially when dealing with senior photography sessions. Here you need to keep the client’s face clear and have everything else blurred in the background.


It’s a fantastic technique to give your work more vitality and movement. It also keeps you up at night! Try out this approach and prepare to be wow your clients with creative possibilities!

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