How long should I expose the frame for a long exposure photo?
To start creating a long exposure you should set the shutter to stay open for at least 2 seconds. From here you can start to experiment and figure out what shutter speed works for the effect you want to create.
If you want to achieve roads with those blurred lights then leaving the shutter open for 30 seconds or more is the way to do it. If you want to try motion blur which is a good option for street and nightlife photography, try to make the shutter speed a bit shorter between 1/4 of a second and 3 seconds, and also move your hands to create that blur effect.
These techniques take a while for you to master but with time these will be useful to add to your arsenal of photography techniques.
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Light Painting (sometimes known as Light Graffiti) is a technique where you can alter the photo by creating movements of light within the image.
With Light Painting there are no strict rules on the outcome, but here are some valuable tips to help you get the best shot.
To do a long exposure with an instant camera, make sure your camera has a bulb or a long exposure mode as one of its settings. Lomography’s instant camera range whether it’s Lomo’Instant Square or the Diana Instant Square, have previously mentioned features that will allow you to experiment with long exposure and light painting
Having a camera with manual or bulb mode, as well as a tripod, and a portable light source is all you need to start creating long exposures and light painting.
For light painting make sure to be on manual or bulb mode when shooting. Depending on what you want to do with your light painting you can set the shutter from 30 seconds to a few minutes in order to create your photograph.
Most of the Lomography cameras come with a bulb function which allows the shutter to stay open for as long as the user is holding the shutter release button. Other Lomography cameras also have the option of using a shutter release cable.
Any film can be used for light painting but film stocks with an ISO 400 or 800 are commonly used since it does well in low light situations. It is mostly your camera and the settings that will determine the success of your light painting photo. Film stocks with an ISO of 400 or 800 are commonly used since they do well in low-light situations.