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How to Shoot Light Trails

How to: Shoot Cool Light Trails

I often find myself drawn to the light trail photos on Flickr. The ones created by moving cars, as well as the ones that people create themselves with flashlights and sparklers. I've done just about enough admiring, and am ready to test out the method myself. So naturally, the go-to place to find some reliable tips is Digital Photography School.

Apparently, shooting light trails is super easy, but you'll have to venture out of manual mode to achieve it. Just by using longer shutter speeds (around 10 or 20 seconds), a tripod, and finding your perfect aperture mode for the light you're shooting in (start with your f-stop at f/8 and take it down if your shots are overexposed and up if underexposed), light trails are easily captured. Check out the rest of the tip details on Digital Photography School and have some photography fun!

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mariagaviria mariagaviria 7 years
like
dyskrasia dyskrasia 7 years
That looks like the 110 in Los Angeles.
naziazholesusuck naziazholesusuck 7 years
beautiful picture. i have attempted this but been incredibly unsuccessful. i will try this if my camera has these options. thanks! very interesting!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 7 years
That picture is lovely. The trees remind me of Los Angeles.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
This is a beautiful picture :D Is it San Fransisco?
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
Thanks for this! :-)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I need to try this since I always admire light trail shots.
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