Long Exposure Photography, with Matt Kloskowski

Join Matt Kloskowski as he teaches you everything you need to know; from the camera settings and gear that make long exposure photography possible to the post-processing techniques required to take it to the next level.

Have you ever wondered how people create those amazing photographs where it seems the clouds are still moving across the scene, where flowing water has become a ghostly mist, or where the stars appear to be streaking across the sky? It is all about long exposure photography. Join Matt Kloskowski as he teaches you everything you need to know; from the camera settings and gear that make long exposure photography possible to the post-processing techniques required to take it to the next level. The time has never been better to learn how to create those dramatic images on your own and open yourself to a whole new world of photography.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:03)

Join Matt as he introduces the class and goes over the material that will be covered.

Lesson 2: Why Long Exposure? (Duration 03:54)

One of the main reasons is that it helps us capture movement. By extending the duration of the shutter speed our photos record the movement of anything in the scene.

Lesson 3: Gear (Duration 04:00)

From camera bodies to lenses, and tripods to accessories, Matt covers all the basic gear you need to get started.

Lesson 4: Camera Settings (Duration 05:29)

The settings that you dial into the camera are what makes long exposure photography work.

Lesson 5: Filters (Duration 07:49)

The most common filter used in long exposure photography is the neutral density filter.

Lesson 6: How to Increase Shutter Speed (Duration 05:50)

There are a few different ways you can achieve a correct exposure with a long shutter speed.

Lesson 7: Common Questions (Duration 06:39)

A lot of people struggle with the same questions when getting started with long exposure photography.

Lesson 8: Putting it into Practice (Duration 18:48)

Matt has taken his camera gear out into the field to demonstrate how to do some of the techniques he's been teaching.

Lesson 9: Reviewing Photos from the Field (Duration 13:23)

Matt returns to the studio from shooting in the field and reviews the photos he just created and talks through some of the first things he'd do in post-processing.

Lesson 10: Dealing with Unwanted Movement (Duration 08:12)

In some situations you may have objects in the scene that are moving, but you don't want to include that blurred object in your final photo. Matt shows you a technique for fixing that problem.

Lesson 11: Enhancement Techniques (Duration 05:41)

Sometimes conditions are not ideal when you are out in the field, but there are a few post-processing techniques you can keep in your back pocket to help you when you need them.

Meet Your Instructor: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…


  1. This was the first course I looked at since becoming a KelbyOne member. Really, really good. Thanks for putting this together Matt it will help me a lot.

  2. Thanks Matt, One thing I recently found while using a Lee Big Stopper for the first time was that my camera (5D Mk III) will see and focus through the Big Stopper when using Live View. This means I can leave the filter and eye piece cover on all the time and just use the LCD to compose and focus the shot. Hope this helps someone out :)

  3. Hi Matt, I'm glad I'm watching this course because I LOVE long exposures. Rather than a comment, I have a question. On Chapter 4, you mention closing the eyepiece. Have no clue what it is or how to close it. I have a Nikon D700. Please direct me where I can learn more about the "eyepiece" and how to close it. Thanks, Lucy

  4. So where would I go about buying the lee big stopper? That's my dream filter. My wife bought me a B+W 10 stop for Christmas. I would love to get the lee big stopper since it's pretty much a one size fits all filter.

  5. So I grabbed the app you mention for me to use when I go out. This thing is hilarious it even has 13 stop filters, which I didn't know they made, and it calculates when you stack two. It told me that if I stack two 13 stop filters and have a 30 second exposure it will then be a 559249:32:00 exposure which turns out to be 63.86 years for the exposure. That's just funny.

  6. Well done Matt. Here's a color correction tip for your viewers when using an ND filter. You can correct for color cast with the X-rite Color Checker. If you dont' have one of those, try using a neutral gray card.

  7. Matt: You knocked it out of the ballpark with this session. Thank you. Suggestion for the new "Kelbyone" page… Can you bring back the user Dashboard and the favourites section? I often revisited a number of the excellent sessions for reinforcement of certain techniques and find that with the new page format they are not easily accessed. Thanks again ~ Jack

  8. Enjoyed this course a bunch. Went through some old photos and used the last couple of techniques to promote a long exposure shot via motion and radial filters in Photoshop. then used Lightroom to make it a much better picture (imho). Here's a link to the before and after: http://kreiselman.com/pictures/_IMG_3226BeforeandAfter.jpg

  9. Hi Matt, could you help me? I am lost with new look of Kelbytraining pages. Normaly, I mark courses I want to see as favorite ones on my PC and then I watch them on iPad. I cannot find this functionality now... :-/ Thank U

  10. Matt, I really loved this class, it is very concise. I especially appreciated that you did a in-the-field demo! If you guys don't want to wait 6 months for the Lee big stopper and don't mind order from Canada, go to http://tyi.ca/tyi/SalesOrdersResin.htm#BS It is not in Back order.

  11. This was a good course, learned a few things like the nd timer app, and se what shutter speed before, and close the wievfinder to prevent light like, and not to buy a vario nd filter. Thanks!!

  12. Very informative class Matt. I'm preparing to watch it again soon. Repetition brings conviction. Thanks for your advice and encouragement. Rex Winterton St. George, Utah

  13. Thanks so much!! this was the first class I have taken after joining KelbyOne and I thought it was excellent. The content was thorough and well explained. I'm really looking forward to doing many more of these classes. Great job!

  14. Lee Big Stopper already on order - a really great tutorial Matt - inspirational! I really liked the learning from mistakes section with the viewfinder blind.- I'm sure it will jog my memory when I'm out trying this technique. Many thanks.

  15. Nice job on the video Matt Your thought on stacking v/s the big stopper. Im thinking a 9x and 3x...don't want to wait 6 months plus the big stopper with bracket and rings is pushing $300.00 thanks

  16. Great course! This confirms the things I do in the field as correct and helps me in others that weren't going so good for me. I was able to get a Lee Filter 10 stopper in 6 weeks and not 6 months up here in Canada. :D I am loving it too. I got it because of your recommendation after you first started using it Thanks!

  17. Great Course Matt. I was able to get my Big Stopper straight away in the UK. It should arrive in the next couple of days and I can't wait to get started. The "Enhancement Techniques" are pretty cool and will give me a lot more to play with.

  18. Matt knocked this one out the park! Superbly done. Now just gotta get a Neutral Density Filter (looking to get a Lee Big Stopper, but it got sold out at B&H this week). I waited to long to pull the trigger.

  19. Well done Matt - Great Stuff. Can't wait to put these techniques into practice. You commented on the importance of closing off the eye piece to prevent "light bleed" - your two suggestions for doing this were good, but each carry an issue or two. The "eye piece" cover is easily lost/misplaced, and the tape can transfer residue to the eye piece (and for those of us that wear glasses the residue can transfer to our lenses). I'm currently shooting a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon D610 - won't switching to live view close down the eye piece and eliminate the "light bleed"? If so it would become a quick and easy solution that avoids the issues with the eye piece cover, and the taping solution. Thanks for a great course!

  20. The course is excellent. However, there is no lesson 12 which was going to explain about applying more blur to the shots if it was not captured during the process. Thank you!

  21. for those of us who do not use iphones, smartphones, etc. It may be a good addition to explain, and provide, a paper chart to determine correct exposure with ND filters.

  22. Well, Matt. You did what so many others before you couldn't do... you made me buy a set of ND filters. I've been resisting for years - mostly because I didn't quite understand how to use them properly and in what situations. But this video was so easy to understand and convinced me that I could, in fact, do it. Thanks!

  23. I really enjoyed this course. I got a Tiffen pack of ND filters and a Lee big stopper. I tried them out at the old Sutro Baths in San Francisco. The fog was coming in. I was curious why all my long exposures look blue(cool), while my short exposures look warm. I even set the white balance to cloudy and it made no difference. In Ligntroom, I was able to correct for this, but I was wondering if this is normal, and if it's akin to diving where the first colour one loses is red. Is this blueness normal?

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