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In the day, the use of long ex­po­sure cre­ates a mo­tion blur ef­fect on any move­ment; in this case, hu­man traf­fic. This is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from mo­tion blur cre­ated at night as ob­jects are more vis­i­ble dur­ing the day and al­most ev­ery move­ment that re­flects light can be cap­tured.

At night, the use of long ex­po­sure al­lows you to cap­ture any mov­ing ob­ject with lights as light trails. This can be seen on high­ways, es­pe­cially dur­ing periods of heavy traf­fic when there are a lot of cars and move­ment.

There are other ef­fects that long ex­po­sures can pro­duce. This par­tic­u­lar tech­nique is called pan­ning, and is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for keep­ing mov­ing ob­jects in fo­cus. Fo­cus on a mov­ing ob­ject and cap­ture it with a slower shut­ter speed (usu­ally 1/10th of a sec­ond) by man­u­ally fol­low­ing its move­ments with your cam­era. You’ll get a blurred-out back­ground cre­ated by the sur­round­ing lights, which keeps the viewer’s at­ten­tion on the main ob­ject.

Lastly, let your imag­i­na­tion run wild with some cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phy art. Just use the flash­light mode of your mo­bile phone to 'paint' in the dark while the cam­era is mak­ing an ex­po­sure, and you’ll get a light paint­ing and a shot that’s unique to you!

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