Long Exposure Photography

Waterfall Class - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

Have you ever played with long exposures in your photography, but didn’t get the results you wanted? Discover how to artistically capture the essence of movement in your photography, creating magnificent images that will delight you and everyone who sees them.

Long-exposure photography uses slow shutter speeds to bring stationary elements into sharp focus, while moving elements become blurred. Learn the technical requirements and open up an exciting realm of creativity in your images.

Learn how to adjust your camera settings, including your shutter release and exposure times, for a variety of effects. Experiment with lenses, filters, and polarizers, equipment that can be game changers in your photography. Combine the technical aspects with stunning compositions, and enjoy unique, artistic, memorable effects.

From stopping the action of flowing water to car trails, or the famous Seattle Wheel,  learn how to create mystical images by using long exposures.


Supplies Needed

You can find these supplies at a local photography store or online:

    • Neutral density (ND) filter, from $50 to $100 depending on the lens
    • Polarizer, from $50 to $100 depending on the lens
    • Step up rings, $20


Learning Objectives

    • Know how to use step-up rings for different-size lenses
    • Be comfortable using a polarizer filter, knowing when to use it and not to use it
    • Use a neutral-density filter
    • Understand how to use your shutter release for different effects
    • Be familiar with how and when to use long exposure times
    • Understand the advantages and differences between ND filters and polarizers


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

Prerequisites: In order to participate fully in this class, students should be familiar with the three basic controls of a camera: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

    • Beginner to intermediate photographers
    • Anyone who is interested in landscape photography
    • Photographers interested in controlling time better in their photography
    • People who would like to use their cameras more creatively


Class Details


Spring 2023

  • When : Thursday, Apr 13 to Jun 15 ; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location : ,
  • Fee : $325