How to photograph light trails of cars: a simple guide to taking pictures of traffic
Basic skills for light trails of cars
Find a good composition
Composition is vital, so don’t just shoot any old section of road. Look for roads where the light trails will form interesting shapes and help lead the eye through the picture. Shooting from an elevated position such as a bridge can create a better perspective.
SEE MORE: The 10 Rules of Photo Composition (and why they work)
Set a long exposure
There are no definitive exposure settings, but aim for a shutter speed that’s long enough to capture a reasonable number of trails. This will depend on how fast the traffic is moving and the length of road framed in the picture.
Set the exposure manually
It’s best to use Manual exposure mode so that you can set both the shutter speed and aperture independently. Use an aperture of around f/8 and an ISO of 200. Take a trial shot and check the LCD and histogram. If it’s too dark, use a longer shutter speed or increase the ISO.
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