When it comes to wedding photography, new picture styles and ideas are always emerging. It’s just the nature of the beast. After all, every pair of newlyweds-to-be wants to explore every possibility in terms of capturing their big day creatively, and one option that more and more couples are weaving into their picture plans is the long-exposure shot.
What is it? Why are so many couples taking measures to ensure it ends up in their albums? Don’t worry, our longtime NJ wedding photographers have all the answers. So, read on to learn more about long-exposure photography. That way, you’ll know all you need to know to determine if you should make it a part of your picture plans or not.
What is long-exposure photography?
Long exposure, aka time exposure or slow shutter, simply refers to photography involving a longer-duration shutter speed than usual. This allows stationery elements within the frame to be captured sharply while giving moving elements a blurred or smeared look and, as you can see from the picture at the top, the results can be dazzling.
What do you have to do to make it happen? Nothing, really. In the end, it will be your wedding photographer’s responsibility for the most part, which is why it’s so important to find the right people for the job. Because while it’s not necessarily difficult to pull off, like anything else, you’re better off going with experience.
Aside from your photographer’s ability to achieve beautiful long-exposure shots, though, it really just comes down to setting and/or props. Those are the two main elements to consider on your end, although your photographers should have plenty ideas and suggestions in those areas as well.
Why are so many newlyweds-to-be falling so hard for it?
Do you really need to ask? Honestly, if examples like the one in this post and those all over the internet don’t take your breath away, then we don’t know what will. Long-exposure photos just have a way of putting all the focus on the couple and making it feel like they’re the only two people in the world.
And as more and more couples weave them into their picture plans, more and more creative ways to achieve them are emerging. For example, while almost every couple loves the classic sparkler long-exposure shot like the one at the top, we’re also seeing a lot more examples making use of moving cars and headlights with the couple standing still nearby.
The point is, not only are the classic long-exposure picture set-ups still a huge attraction for couples, but now part of the allure for newlyweds-to-be is the chance to take a more unique approach and put their own personal stamp on the style.
Should you make it a part of your big day?
Look, there are some trends that will only serve to age your wedding over time. There truly is a whole art to separating the keepers from the fads. For more on that, check out this post, How to Ensure Your Wedding Photos Can Withstand the Test of Time, but the bottom line is that long-exposure photography is not a fad.
It’s been around for a long time, which is why there’s really no reason to refrain from making it a part of your wedding photo album. If you simply don’t like the look, then that’s one thing, but aside from your own personal taste, there’s not much of a downside to getting long-exposure photos.
The question you really should be asking is how. How can you apply the technique in a way that speaks to your and your partner’s personalities or to the style of your celebration? Remember, sparklers are just the tip of the iceberg, so you don’t have to stop there.
In the end, it’s up to you.
Just like with any style or wedding photo idea, it’s always best to learn as much as you can about it before deciding whether to make it a part of your picture plans or not. We hope this post helps to make the decision on long-exposure photography a little easier. Good luck!
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of highly skilled NY & NJ wedding photographers and videographers who’ve been creating stunning wedding photos and videos for years. At LPS, we always create to inspire and you can check out our photo gallery and video gallery to see some examples.