One of the popular aspects about night photography is the ability to capture light trails. Light trails of cars, stars and even the paths of airplanes add interesting subjects to a nigh time photo. However, sometimes one exposure isn’t enough. The image was captured using 70 individual exposures. But how did I do this? Well it’s easy! Watch this FREE tutorial below and find out how I created this stunning image!
How I captured this Photo:
- Camera: D600 (Replaced by a D610)
- Lens: Nikon 20mm F4 AI
- Aperture: F16
- Shutter: 30 Seconds
As a photographer I’m always looking for unique ways to tell the story of a landscape, person, or moment. Everything has a story and it’s my job as a photographer to find a creative way to share the stories of my surroundings, even if it appears to be hidden or forgotten. Light trails are a very creative way to tell the story of a busy metropolis!
The Basics of Capturing Light Trails
- Tripod: Having a nice sturdy tripod is a MUST!
- Shutter Release Cable/Remote: (Highly Recommended) This is a relatively inexpensive investment.
- Shutter: 30 Seconds:
- Aperture: F16
At bare minimum you could set your tripod and camera up on a busy street. Set your camera to a shutter of 30 seconds and an aperture of F16. Then use the camera timer feature (to reduce vibration) and let the camera take a single light trail exposure. Being that your on a busy street your going to see light trails. However, for more complicated images the process requires a little more work.
So how did I process this photo?
Equipment and Settings for Capturing Complex Light Trails
- Shutter Release | I like this wireless Satechi WTR-M Wireless Timer Remote
- Shutter 30 Second (Adjust as needed)
- Set the shutter release to an interval of 1 second at a length of 30 seconds (Or your shutter length)
- Aperture F16 (Adjust as needed for light)
- Start your shutter release and make sure it takes one photo right after another
Still have questions? Then feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure your subject line is “Light Trail Tutorial Question”