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Interview with Gim Liu | GBPW Episode 126

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Gim Liu.

You need to think about your location. It must fit the idea.

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In this episode, I speak with Gim Liu, a photographer who specializes in long exposure photography. Gim has recently published a book about long exposure photography that’s full of original ideas and techniques for aspiring artists. He has a creative mind and a portfolio that’s full of compelling images.

We talk about:
– The inspiration behind his long exposure photography book
– Tips for anyone who wants to master long exposure photography
– How traveling to over 40 countries has affected his creativity

& much more!

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode with Gim Liu. He shares a lot of useful information about long exposure photography and other photography genres in this interview, so I’m sure you’ll be very inspired while listening to his stories.

Here is a preview of our conversation with Gim Liu.

Q: What props do you use to achieve a beautiful sparkling effect in long exposure photography?

Gim Liu: It’s all about the idea or the time. There’s nothing that I use every single time. It’s all about the idea. It needs to be something that’s just creative. It must have at least one of the following when I take a photo:

  • create an illusion or impression of movement
  • bring a static object to life in some way
  • produce an image that’s unique and unusual in appearance
  • have qualities that captivate or intrigue the viewer

Most recently I used a skateboard. Also, a slinky. A checkerboard and checkers. The objects that I use depend on the idea.

Q: You’ve been to over 40 countries. How has traveling affected your creativity?

Gim Liu: Quite a lot. It brings up a lot more opportunities to take photos. I meet people who get interested in it and come along and assist me. It doesn’t actually matter what country I’m in. It all depends on the idea. The actual country doesn’t affect the creativity that much. The creativity stays the same.

Q: What is your book about and what inspired you to write it?

Gim Liu: It’s about long exposure photography and how to take five different types of photos.

The five types are light painting, vehicle light trails, steel wool, outlining, and trajectory. The last two were the two styles that I made up myself and it explains all aspects of how to do it. It teaches you the theory and the practical behind it. I was inspired to write just because I wanted to inspire creativity in others by showing people the two styles that I made.


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Taya Iv is a portrait photographer, 500px ambassador, and host of Great Big Photography World podcast.
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