Lesson 4

In this lesson we will be manipulating our camera’s shutter speed to created stylised images.  This technique is sometimes referred to as slow-shutter or long-exposure photographs.

Success Criteria:

By the end of these lessons, you will have used your phone in manual mode to capture long exposures.

Photoshop will have been used to edit images.

Answer’s to questions and image files will be uploaded to OneDrive and Shared with your teacher.




“Don’t be afraid of being different.  Be afraid of being the same as everybody else”. 






When you see this icon with the question mark a response from you is required. These responses need to be uploaded to OneDrive and shared with me.

Don’t forget our deal with Adobe so that you can get Photoshop on your home computer for only a handful or two of dollars!


I have photographed weddings all over the world.  Whether it is here in Australia, or in super dreamy locations like Venice in Italy or Cassis in France – people love my slow shutter wedding portraits. In this lesson, I will show you the technique so that you can go and experiment on your own! Please note that while some of these examples use sparklers, I am not telling you to do this.  I recommend the use of LED lights and even a second phone as the light source.  

Eric Pare is a French photographer based in the USA.  His work with light tubes is incredible.  He also has a ridiculous studio setup.  Watch these two video’s to see a master at work!



Reflect on Eric’s work.  Share comments about his style, technique the way he promotes his work etc.
If you could ask Eric one question about his photography, what would it be?
What role does his locations play in the images he produces?

Brainstorm a list of different ways you could use a slow shutter speed for creative effect.

Gahh – try following that act!! Medussa is back to help me out as I explain some of the camera craft behind slow shutter portraits using a smartphone.

Over to You!

Start with experimentation and then start to make deliberate light shapes.

Use different objects as your focus, they need to remain still!
A dark room usually helps to maximize the effect of the light.


Use a tripod or some other method of keeping your camera super still.  In addition – use the timer function to countdown to the photo.  This does two things.  Firstly, it ensures that the camera is still.  Secondly – it gives you time to get into position to use the lights.

If you can see a road from your home, try taking some long exposures of passing vehicles.  

Also experiment with long exposures of the sky at night.