Motion Blur and Long Exposure. Photo © Leanne Hansen
Photo © Leanne Hansen

Motion Blur & Long Exposure

Learn how to take long exposure photos for painterly, expressive images using motion blur and slow shutter speed.
with Leanne Hansen

Develop your artistic eye and sharpen your technical skills using motion blur and long exposure photography techniques in this four-session photography workshop with photographer Leanne Hansen. Through lessons and critiques, you will expand your practical knowledge of your camera’s settings and photographic vocabulary.

We will experiment with panning photography and other techniques that you can use to create dynamic images expressing the speed, motion, energy, and essence of a scene. The Zoom session will highlight technical long exposure settings for your camera as they relate to capturing and creating motion in your photography. We will also discuss best practices for identifying potential subjects and working with light and composition to create original, unforgettable photographs.

Put your classroom learning into practice with illuminating outdoor shooting sessions in the beautiful evening light of the San Francisco Bay Area, perfect for motion blur photography! This workshop includes a Zoom intro, two in-field shooting sessions, prints, and an in-person print critique session.



Workshop Locations & Schedule


Monday, March 28, 7–8:30PM: Zoom Intro – equipment, techniques, and inspiration. We will discuss setting up our equipment, camera settings, and introduce ways to use neutral density filters and other tools. We will analyze the work of other photographic artists and apply what we learn to our own work.

Saturday, April 9, 6:30–8:30PM: Meet for late afternoon into evening shoot at Rodeo Beach where we will apply our long exposure and camera motion techniques.

Sunday, April 10, 6:30-8:30PM: Meet at Ocean Beach to continue our creative practice.

Wednesday, April 13, 7–8:30PM: Meet at The Image Flow – Print Critique and discussion of additional creative considerations – composition, light, and color.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and fine art reproduction.


Instructor Bio


Leanne HansenLeanne Hansen

Leanne Hansen works as a commercial and fine art photographer in Marin County, CA and Bozeman, MT. She has participated in numerous group shows at The Image Flow, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, and Marin Open Studios has been published in the Bay Area Where Guestbook and Edible Marin and Wine Country, and her fine art prints are included in private and corporate collections across the country. Leanne has taught several popular workshops at The Image Flow including Language of Light, Motion Blur for Expressive Images, Composition in Photography, & Studio Lighting: Flowers & Found Objects.



About Zoom

Zoom is video conferencing software that allows us to video chat and share our screens all using our computer’s built-in video camera and microphone. Setting up a Zoom account is easy and free. Just got to the Zoom website to create a username and download the software onto your computer (not your phone). Never used Zoom? Check out their support page for How to Join a Zoom Meeting.

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
March 28 – April 13, 2022
See schedule for times and locations


Sold out


  • Digital camera with manual controls (DSLR or mirrorless)
  • A computer with video camera and microphone access (like an iMac or Macbook)
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic or Photoshop installed on the same computer
  • Zoom installed on the same computer
  • Working knowledge of their camera, Zoom, and Lightroom or Photoshop
  • Tripod
  • Neutral density filter for motion and blur photography
  • Critique will require 2–6 prints

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Who Should Take This Workshop

Advanced-beginner to advanced-intermediate photographers who want to continue to explore their creative potential through motion blur and long exposure photography.

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Students need to be able to walk/hike on a moderately strenuous hike with equipment and gear
  • Intro class via Zoom
  • Everyone must drive to locations separately for Covid-19 safety
  • Masks are required for Covid-19 safety

Workshop Fee Includes

  • Two on-location shoots
  • In-Person Group Critique of workshop prints
  • Two (2), 11×17 prints on Epson Premium Luster paper
  • Additional Class Prints will be discounted to $12 each (6 max)

In-Person & Zoom

The Image Flow Photography Center
328 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA
Located in Marin County CA, just north of San Francisco.

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