My Shot Long Exposure Challenge

Get creative and take the My Shot Long Exposure Challenge! Exposure is the amount of light that falls on photographic film or a camera’s digital sensor. By exposing your photographs to more light, you can do a lot of neat tricks such as ghosting or light trails.


Head over to My Shot and upload your long exposure photos using the tag #PaintingWithLight. Be sure to come back August 31 to see a gallery of our favorites!



Photograph by dove12001, My Shot

Ghostly Exposures

Parents don’t believe your room is haunted? Now you can show them photographic evidence! You’ll want your room to have some light, but not be too bright, as you’ll be using a long exposure. Set the camera on a tripod. Start with a shutter speed of around eight seconds. You may need to experiment. Have your friend stand in the scene. As you press the shutter release button, have your friend move around. You can also try having him or her stand in one spot for just a few seconds and then jump out of the scene.

Bonus Tip: To ensure that the rest of your photo stays sharp, use your camera’s self-timer to minimize camera shake. If you want to make yourself a ghost, the self-timer will also give you a few seconds to jump into the scene after you press the shutter.

Painting With Light

Gather your friends and some flashlights to create your very own frightening masterpiece. To start, you’ll need to find a spot that will be as dark as possible once the sun goes down. Set your camera on a tripod. Before the lights go out, decide where you and your friends are going to stand and focus on them with manual focus. You’ll also want to keep the shot composed wide enough so you have plenty of room to paint. Start with an aperture around f/8. If you have a remote shutter release, you can keep the shutter open while you paint. Otherwise, set the camera to a long exposure, such as 30 seconds. Turn on your flashlights, press the shutter, and begin to paint by pointing the flashlights toward the camera and drawing your artwork in the air.

Bonus Tip: Tape some colored tissue paper over your flashlights to add some color to your painting. You can also find inexpensive sample packs of gel filters at camera stores that will give you many colors to choose from.




Photograph by Photographybyme,

My Shot

Photo Secrets Revealed!

Learn how to take spooky pics.

Secrets Revealed!

Learn how to get your best shot.

The Best of My Shot

See all the editor's fave photos.