Long Exposures
Placeholder The Nikon Coolpix P1000 shoots very long exposures, up to 60 seconds.

Long exposure times permit the camera to gather enough light to take a quality photo, even in the darkest of environments. If you want to keep the noise levels low and use lower ISO levels in dark environments long exposure times can be very useful. Most people don't normally need to take very long exposure photos, but they can provide an amazing creative opportunity for those interested. For example you can take long exposure shots of the night sky to capture the movement of stars across the sky, capture nigh-time vistas, landscapes at dusk, turn water in to flowing clouds, and add blur to photos for effect.

Get Creative with Long Exposures

The following photos demonstrate how long exposure time can create photos that would otherwise be impossible.


Nighttime Landscape
night time landscape of hills overlooking the waterThis photo by Amir K via flickr shows a great late night landscape. The longer exposure clips out and blends the lights and smooths the water and sky leaving the landscape in crisp detail. Shot on a Canon XSi entry-level dSLR
Flowing Water Effect
photo of a waterfallThis photo by Neils Photography illustrate a 4s long exposure of a waterfall via a Canon EOS 400D a f/16 18mm. The long exposure turns the waterfall and water into pillowing clouds creating a wonderful calming interpretation.
Nighttime Snow
photo of a snowy field and forest late at night Paulo Brandao's great nighttime shot uses a super long 124 second exposure using a Nikon D90, the effect is a wonderfully dark interpretation of the trees and snow at night with rays of light bursting through from the house beyond. Shot at 18mm f10 ISO 100.
Nighttime Highway Scene
photo of traffic lights blurred and trailing off into the distanceThis photo by nrbelex via flickr shows a fantastic interpretation of a nighttime highway - using a long exposure to turn the taillights in to bands of light trailing up the photo to the horizon. Shot with a Canon XTi.

Great Digicams with Long Exposures

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
from $1,198
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
from $1,598
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.4
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,440k dots
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Nikon Coolpix P1000
from $969
Zoom Great zoom Help
125x
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99
from $448
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99

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Entry Level SLRs with Long Exposures

The following entry level DSLRs provide at least a 30s exposure

Pentax KP
Pentax KP
from $797
True resolution High true resolution Help
24.1 MP
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
819,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
7 fps

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Discussion

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Karpov (7:00 AM, August 05, 2013)
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
 
Avatar for Aniket Kukade Aniket Kukade (10:39 AM, December 27, 2012)
CANON sx50
or nikon p510?
 
Avatar for Micah Goff Micah Goff (1:02 PM, September 12, 2012)
How about a Sony DSC-H90?
 
Avatar for Rubén D Pizzurno A Rubén D Pizzurno A (1:49 PM, June 13, 2012)
Is the same with the FZ47? In S mode?
 
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (0:04 AM, January 04, 2012)
It may be late, but set your camera to the "M" setting and rotate the adjustment dial up to 30" (30 seconds). the "B" mode means a manual shutter speed up to 30 seconds. As long as you hold the shutter button, it will remain open.
 
Mike (8:08 AM, August 03, 2011)
how do i get long exposure on the Fuji HS20 ex???
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:00 PM, January 15, 2011)
Have you tried turning the top dial to "S", then push the up/down buttons on the back (the top and bottom buttons in the circle of four buttons) to change the shutter speed.
 
Aballplayer (2:48 AM, January 15, 2011)
how do I get to the long exposure option on the DMC-ZS7??