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Shooting Long Exposures With Your LC-A+

Long exposures is an old trick that one sees often. The results always have this "wow" effect and the first question that always pops in your head is “how long was this exposure?” The LC-A+ (also applies to the LC-A) has the edge for low-light photography because of it's light metering. But in this case, one has to "deceive" the light meter.

Photo by stitch

I think everybody knows this trick. To get your long exposures with the LC-A+ or LC-A, just simply cover the light meter window with your finger, or if you plan to shoot in “quasi” bulb-mode, cover it with a masking tape or scotch tape; then using a marker, write over the area of the light meter window. Check how opaque it is but pointing the camera towards a bright light, half click the shutter release button and check if the right LED or slow shutter light glows red.

If you don’t have a tripod, put your camera over a table, a metal railing or any stable object. Using a shutter cable release is helpful but not necessary. The question remains, how long should your exposure be? My standard exposure time is 5 seconds and with this, you get the following results:

The shots above would otherwise may have ended up under exposed and grainy if I didn’t expose it for 5 seconds. Sometimes, depending on how much light there is, I go as long as 15 seconds at the most. The results are close to overexposed:

The light metering of the LC-A+ is excellent but at times you have to go “manual” and add of few more seconds (5-15 seconds) of exposure time using this simple trick to get better and more interesting results.

The Lomo LC-A+ is known worldwide for its amazing features: automatic exposure, extended ISO range, and multiple and long exposure capabilities. Get your own Lomo LC-A+ now!

written by stitch


  1. neanderthalis


    Good tips. I just purchased one and I am taking it out this weekend. I may try this. Thanks

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  2. stitch


    good luck @neanderthalis ;)

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  3. gvelasco


    I don't usually have to do this. If I want a long exposure with the LC-A+, I just make sure to steady the camera, usually with a tripod, and use a shutter release cable. For very low-light shots, I use a shutter release cable that locks down. The only trick really is to wait until you hear the click that indicates that the shutter has closed. The LC-A+ (and LC-A) meter is smart enough to give you the right exposure.

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  4. ginny


    Awesome pictures!

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  5. robotmonkey1996


    for bulb mode on an lc-a or lc-a+ with choice of aperture, remove the batteries and put them back in backwards. simply move the aperture lever (u cant do this on a plus) to the desired f-stop and hold down the shutter as long as you like for unlimited exposure.

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  6. blinghaha


    Nice, on the lc-a+ if you move the aperture wheel so the 1600 is seen through the light meter window it puts it in bulb mode!

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  7. stitch


    @gvelasco @robotmonkey @blinghaha thanks for the tips ;)
    @ginny thanks ;)

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  8. kingt4


    @blinghaha Great idea, I will have to give that a try.

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  9. molzography


    Can't wait to give it a try! :-)

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  10. upstart_thunder


    brilliant! I have been doing some night stuff but completely forgot about covering the meter!!

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