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Long Exposure Creativity

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Long Exposure CreativityLearn how to create surreal and beautiful imagery through the art and technique of long exposure photography. During this comprehensive and fun 4-week course, pro photographer Deborah Sandidge will guide you through inspirational ideas to create fascinating photos. You'll learn how to convey the passage of time, create imagery with a sense of motion, still rippled water to mirror perfect perfection, paint the clouds as brushstrokes across the sky, capture streaks of light from passing cars, photograph twilight, and shoot for the stars and beyond! You'll enjoy making unique imagery through the use of creative long exposure techniques, and come away with captivating fine art photos.

Key Features

Skill Level: Upper Serious Hobbyist, Intermediate & Advanced

  1. Redefine reality - through creative and expressive long exposure photography.
  2. The edge of night - photographing during the beautiful blue hour.
  3. Nightscapes and beyond - capturing the night sky, star trails and more.
  4. Travel near and far - use long exposures to create unique imagery.

  • Learn creative techniques for long exposure photography.
  • Create captivating images that convey the passage of time.
  • Capture the night sky, star trails and more.
  • Visualize techniques to expand your photographic horizons.
  • Develop skills for fine art long exposure imagery.

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Deborah   Sandidge Deborah Sandidge
Photography has been part of award-winning professional photographer and author, Deborah Sandidge’s life since she picked up her first camera—it has evolved into her passion.

Following her formal study of art and photography at the University of South Florida, she began dedicating her time to the art of digital photography, establishing a name for herself as a leading infrared photographer. Deborah, who is the author of the book, Digital Infrared Photography, teaches two excellent online photo courses right here at Digital Infrared Photography and Photoshop: Enhancing Images and Creating Works of Art.

Residing in Oviedo, Florida, allows Deborah easy access to her favorite photography subjects, Florida’s birds and other wildlife, as well as its landscapes. Her travels, however, have not been limited to Florida’s fascinating beauty; they have taken her from border to border of America and beyond to yield photography that stretches the imagination. She has had the joy and privilege of photographing areas ranging from Namibia, Africa, with its stunning dunes, primitive tribal villages, beautiful people, and sweeping coastlines, to the cities and towns of Switzerland, Germany, and France with their rich history, majestic mountains, tiny churches, soaring cathedrals, and captivating night scenes.

Deborah’s passion is not only capturing images of people, places, and things with her digital cameras, but also in the enhancing, creative work she does in the digital darkroom. She considers Photoshop her "artist's palette".

Deborah’s tutorials have been published in Photoshop Creative Magazine and in Digital Close-up Photography. Her photography has been published in Nikon World Magazine, Nikon World Calendar, and in various Nikon publications and at photography events including PhotoPlus Expo, PMA and Macworld.

Deborah's photography is currently on exhibit in several galleries. Her creative digital image, Cormorant Conversation, along with photos from the Orlando Camera Club, earned Best Nature Portfolio by Nature’s Best magazine for the prestigious Windland Smith Rice International Award 2008, which is on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC. Deborah’s work is represented by Danita Delimont, Positive Images, and Novastock.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Deborah  Sandidge 

© Deborah  Sandidge 

Course Outline


1. Redefine Reality
Use long exposure during the day to balance light for creating atmosphere. Create captivating images that convey the passage of time. Blur water, soften clouds, slow down motion. You'll learn tips, techniques and the tools needed for artistically capturing landscapes and cityscapes will create poetic imagery.

2.  The Edge of Night
How to photograph during the twilight. Learn long exposure techniques to capture a colorful sky, beautiful reflections, glittering city lights, and streaks of light from passing cars. You'll discover how to create compelling long exposure imagery during many photographer's favorite time of day, the blue hour.

3.  Nightscapes and Beyond
How to capture the night sky, star trails and more. You'll learn the tips, techniques to create illustrative night imagery. Learn about digital techniques for creating star trails, and creative star and light enhancement with your long exposure imagery.

4.  Travel Near and Far
Use long exposure photography to create unique travel and vacation photos, or surreal photos from your hometown area. Learn techniques for creating timeless or nostalgic images with your long exposure imagery. Try iPhone/Smart phone apps for artistic long exposure/slow shutter photography.

© Deborah  Sandidge 

© Deborah  Sandidge 



  • DSLR with bulb option to control shutter speed; Live View is recommended but not required.
  • Tripod, sturdy, lightweight, with a tripod head that doesn't slip.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Neutral Density Filter, 10-stop ND recommended, variable ND is fine.
  • For wide angle full frame sensor cameras, Singh-Ray 10 stop, or Lee Big Stopper with the Lee Foundation kit is suggested.



Is this course designed for the novice, amateur or advanced photographer?
This course is designed for the advanced amateur who has a good working knowledge of their digital SLR camera. The classes are designed to build on current skills and develop new areas of expertise. 

What equipment do I need for this course?
You will need a digital SLR camera, a sturdy tripod, and a neutral density filter such as 10 stop (flat type) or variable ring mount, and a remote shutter release. 

What extra equipment do I need for long exposure photography?
Extra equipment is entirely optional and will be discussed during the course. 

© Deborah  Sandidge 

© Deborah  Sandidge 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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