Long exposure photography involves keeping the shutter speed in your digital camera open as long as possible to expose large amount of light. The result is having dramatic effect on photos that document not only the scene but the motion inside it (Understanding Camera Exposure).
In order to create good long exposure photos, you should have good understanding to your camera exposure and the amount of light required to get the best shot. Not to mention the steady shot that can be achieved by using a tripod and remote trigger to avoid any unexpected move while pushing the camera button.
Many photography types use the long exposure technique such as the star trail photography (Star Trails Photography Tips) and light painting photography, yet Tokyo long exposure photography project by Matthew Pillsbury is unique of its kind as it documents the speed and active city of Tokyo inside each photo in the project.
The project aims to take both color and black and white photos for Tokyo’s old and modern scenes to produce interesting long exposure photos. The project documents places such as the train station, parks, stoke market and busy streets.
Matthew Pillsbury is a New York-based photographer who was born in France in 1973 and studied in the School of Visual Arts in New York and Yale University. Matthew holds a master degree in fine arts. He first visited Tokyo 10 years ago and get obsessed with its culture, which reflected obviously on his photos.
Matthew has contributed in many solar and group exhibitions around the world since 2004 and his photographs are featured and published in many magazines including the New York Times magazine, Photograph magazine, Wall Street Journal and others.
Many of Matthew Pillsbury’s photos are collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, the Library of the Congress, the Whitney Museum, Citibank collection and many others.
The above long exposure photography examples are part of his Tokyo project that include both color and black and white photos. You can visit his website for more examples and projects. Also, below are some related articles:
- The Magic Of Long Exposure Photos
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