Mastering Long Exposures (FREMANTLE)

Instructor: Seng Mah
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Duration: 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Date: Sunday 12 October, 2014
Cost: $198
Location: South Fremantle
Maximum participants: 12 (1 seat available)

Come and join us for an exciting and hands-on workshop dedicated to mastering the technique of long exposures. Long exposures are all about creating amazing and dynamic images by deliberately blurring movement. You’ll be shooting lots of different moving things, from water, to clouds to steel wool spins creating light trails!

“Mastering Long Exposures” will show you the techniques for achieving long exposures as well as the tools and methods of taking long exposures in daylight, so that you can create your own long exposure images that you’d be proud to include in your photography portfolio!


Long exposures


The workshop comprises of two parts:

Part 1: Achieving long exposures in daylight

You’ll learn how to use filters to obtain long exposures in daylight, to blur the effects of moving water even while the sun is up. You’ll learn how to adjust shutter speed to create different long exposure effects, how to focus and compose while using filters and how to adjust colour balance when using filters. As the sunlight drops in the afternoon, we’ll then show you how to achieve super-long exposures using your camera’s Bulb mode.

Part 2: Long exposures at dusk/night – Light trail photography
At dusk, we change the pace of the workshop and start incorporating some light trail into our long exposures. You’ll photograph steel wool spins at our workshop location. You’ll learn how to expose for the light of the wool spin while using your shutter speed to obtain the long exposure to complete the image. We will then finish the night with some light painting, where you’ll use long exposures plus a flashlight to bring out detail in certain parts of the scene you’re photographing.



  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera that allows you to shoot in full Manual Exposure mode.
  • A wide angle lens such as a 10-20mm or 18-55mm lens.
  • A stable tripod that will let you adjust the position of the camera on the tripod quickly and easily.
  • You’ll need two types of neutral density (ND) filters for this workshop. We recommend filters by Hoya, Haida or Nisi.
    • Either 3 stop (ND8) or 4 stop (ND16)
    • Either a 9 stop (ND400) or 10 stop (ND1000).
  • A remote shutter release (we recommend a simple cable release).
  • Insect repellant (we will be shooting outdoors).
  • Microfibre cloth and lens cleanser (we will be shooting close to the ocean so there may be some sea spray in the air)
  • A flashlight – to help you find your way in the dark and also for light painting.
  • A headlamp will also be useful as you can use this to light your camera when making adjustments to camera settings.



This workshop will be run at a coastal location, which will involve your walking across sand and, in some cases, shooting from coastal rocks. You’ll need a reasonable level of mobility to participate in this workshop. You will also be shooting with your camera mounted low on your tripod, so you might like to bring something on which you can sit in order to shoot with the camera in this low position eg. a small mat for the ground, or a milk crate.



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