5 Photography Genre for Long Exposure

Long exposure can be used by a variety of thing. Since the huge popularity of long exposure, this style or technique (whatever you want to call it) use a lot by many kinds of photography genre. So if your interest in using a long exposure for your photography, these are 6 photography genre for long exposure.

This article is part of series of long exposure photography. 

5 Photography Genre for Long Exposure

Landscape Photography

One of the most famous photographs in the world (in my opinion). Long exposure can be used in landscape photography for the motion element, like cloud and water (depend on what do you photograph).

But I don’t think using long exposure, especially super long exposure are really good for landscape photography. Because landscape (especially in nature) usually change quickly. It can be sunny in one moment, and suddenly it’s cloudy. Make your photo totally different from what you originally planned. That’s why a super long exposure kinda difficult in a landscape setting. But I never said impossible. If you want to, you can do it

Architecture Photography

As a person who loves architecture photography, I can say without a doubt that long exposure is really good for landscape photography. If you look at some of my architecture photography you can see that the sky is in a long exposure. It gives the sensation of fine art into it (I think).

Night Photography

For you who love to photograph at night, long exposure is the way to do it, or should I say the only way to do it. It’s because night time does not has much of light as daytime, what many usually called low light. In a low light situation, one way to solve it is by long exposure. Longer shutter speed increasing the time of camera sensor to expose to the light, and brighten the photo in dark situation.

Read More: Quick Understand Shutter Speed

Light Painting Photography

If you ever see a photo of a draw of light or if you ever see someone who played with their camera’s light in front of the camera? That’s light painting photography. Just as the name said, this photography is done by playing with moving the light. If you ever photograph city and car in the night, usually there will light trail that came from that car. The principle is the same as light painting, the difference is that you control the light.

Bring a flashlight, set your camera for long exposure, press the shutter, move the light, and you created a light painting photography.


Astrophotography is part of night photography for the obvious reason. You can only see stars at night. But astrophotography can only be done in high exposure, and to do this you can either increase the ISO or slowing the shutter speed, or both.

And if you make the shutter speed even slower you can create a light painting style effect on the sky, called star trail.

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