Light trails: what you didn’t know about this night photography favourite

    | Night | Photography Tips | 18/07/2012 03:00am
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    3 ways to ensure you get light trails right


    How to photograph light trails: composition

    Think about composition
    You need to choose a spot with an interesting backdrop that will complement the light trails and allow you to frame the shot so that the path of the traffic will flow through the picture. Set up your tripod in a safe position and frame your shot (discover the 9 secrets to using a tripod like a pro).

    How to photograph light trails: select the right lens

    Select the right lens
    A wide-angle lens will help include light trails and the background (learn how to test your lens’ sharpness). Set an aperture of between f/8 and f/16 so the corresponding shutter speed is around 15 to 60secs. Adjust the ISO setting, but avoid going higher than ISO800 (find out when to increase ISO).

    How to photograph light trails: avoid camera shake

    Banish shake
    To prevent camera shake, use Mirror Lock-up in combination with the two-second self-timer delay, or use a remote release. For exposures longer than 30 secs you will need to use Bulb (B) mode and a remote release to keep the shutter open.

    PAGE 1: Where to shoot light trails
    PAGE 2: How to expose for light trails
    PAGE 3: 3 ways to ensure you get light trails right
    PAGE 4: How to shoot light trails at dusk
    PAGE 5: 5 tips for getting creative with your light trails


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    Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 3:00 am under Night, Photography Tips.

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