This image was captured using several long exposure techniques: light trails, star spikes, cloud movement, watery reflections, and a mix of natural and artificial light sources (Antony Zacharias)
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Photo gallery: 11 amazing long exposure shots (and expert tips for taking your own)

Photographer Antony Zacharias shares his advice for capturing the bright lights of cities and stars at night, alongside a gallery of his own spectacular work...

A Raw image file allows you to recover more highlights and shadow details in post-production than a JPEG (Antony Zacharias)

A Raw image file allows you to recover more highlights and shadow details in post-production than a JPEG (Antony Zacharias)

The closely-packed buildings in Manhattan make an incredible view when the sun sets (Antony Zacharias)

The closely-packed buildings in Manhattan make an incredible view when the sun sets (Antony Zacharias)

The illuminated windows of these houses in Amsterdam provide a colourful array of reflections on the canal below (Antony Zacharias)

The illuminated windows of these houses in Amsterdam provide a colourful array of reflections on the canal below (Antony Zacharias)

This image was captured using several long exposure techniques: light trails, star spikes, cloud movement, watery reflections, and a mix of natural and artificial light sources (Antony Zacharias)

This image was captured using several long exposure techniques: light trails, star spikes, cloud movement, watery reflections, and a mix of natural and artificial light sources (Antony Zacharias)

More then 200 images were stacked to create this star trail (Antony Zacharias)

More then 200 images were stacked to create this star trail (Antony Zacharias)

Find a suitable location with clear dark skies (Antony Zacharias)

Find a suitable location with clear dark skies (Antony Zacharias)

Just the right amount of cloud in the sky can add to the sunrise or sunset (Antony Zacharias)

Just the right amount of cloud in the sky can add to the sunrise or sunset (Antony Zacharias)

Photographing lightning can be life threatening: look for nearby shelters to take cover in if the storm gets too close (Antony Zacharias)

Photographing lightning can be life threatening: look for nearby shelters to take cover in if the storm gets too close (Antony Zacharias)

Lightning is difficult to predict, but using a longer shutter speed allows for multiple captures of the bolts (Antony Zacharias)

Lightning is difficult to predict, but using a longer shutter speed allows for multiple captures of the bolts (Antony Zacharias)

The wind picked up, and the clouds became colourful streaks across the sky (Antony Zacharias)

The wind picked up, and the clouds became colourful streaks across the sky (Antony Zacharias)

Any point light source can create an aperture spike (Antony Zacharias)

Any point light source can create an aperture spike (Antony Zacharias)

Mastering Long Exposure Photography explores the challenges of photographing scenes that the eye often cannot see, revealing how to overcome them and how to achieve long-exposure perfection. The author Antony Zacharias shares his expert advice, tips and tricks for capturing landscapes and movement within them.

Published with permission from Ammonite Press, Mastering Long Exposure © 2018 by Antony Zacharias.

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