Long exposure photography that emphasises the flow of light. By keeping the camera shutter open for a long time, you can collect more light and, in this case, demonstrate how that light flows across the screen. Your camera, on the other hand, must allow you to change the exposure settings, particularly those that allow you to select longer shutter speeds (in the area of 10 seconds to 1 minute). As a result, you’ll need a camera that can shoot in both full Manual and Shutter Priority modes. All DSLRs and interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras have this feature, however compact cameras, film cameras, and native smartphone camera apps do not. Because you’ll be shooting with high-powered weapons.
Light trails are easy to get by. However, if you want a shot that stands out, you’ll need to think about the location, timing, and framing.
For example, I propose looking for creative views –that is, perspectives that are not limited to eye-level images. Instead, get down low and shoot up, or find a high vantage point from which to shoot light trails.
Additionally, choose a position that complements (and emphasises) the light trails. You’ll need to choose a location near a road, but also keep an eye out for surrounding buildings, road merges (where traffic flows together to create intriguing light trail patterns), and even roundabouts (for gorgeous circular light trails!).
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