Photographing Summer Carnivals and Festivals Using Long Exposure

USE LONG SHUTTER SPEEDS TO MOTION TO SUMMER FESTIVALS, CARNIVALS, AND EVENTS.

Festivals, carnivals and other outdoor events can offer a huge opportunity for interesting photographs. For me, I try to a local event that’s going to have rides (rides have lights – this is important) and, if I am extra lucky, maybe some fireworks too. The next step is to plan my arrival which I usually try to get somewhere around sunset. The only thing left to do is find your composition, set up your camera and tripod and then slow that shutter speed down as much as possible. That usually means an aperture of f/22, ISO of 100 and a shutter speed between 2 and 30 seconds, depending on what time of the evening it is.

Benjamin Lehman is a commercial, advertising, portrait and landscape photographer in the Canton, Akron, Cleveland and north east Ohio area.