Hello! I have been so busy recently that I haven't had a spare moment again to sit down and write out some blog posts or keep up to date with anything!
Over last week I managed to get out and photograph some Light Trails, now the last time I did these were last year back in the summer months teaching my boyfriend how to create light trails but obviously back then they weren't as good as I have learnt an awful lot more since!
Light Trails are so much fun to photograph and it is always likely to come out with some great results! It is amazing how simple this type of photography is and how eye-catching the photographs come out to be! It is also very easy to achieve so it is good subject to start with when getting into photography! It was always one of the first things I played round with when I first took on photography when I purchased my first ever big deal camera! I used to sit in a dark room capturing Light Trails playing around with the light on my phone. I always see this type of photography and everyone always asks “How do you do that”? So this is exactly what I will be doing, explaining what you need to be able to capture your own Light Trail photography! Light Trails are a great way of training yourself out of auto mode and straight into manual mode and to experiment with shooting in low light at longer exposures.
What you need:
1. A camera that allows you to control the exposure settings and lets you choose a longer shutter speed. This helps to create the Trail of Light in your photographs. There is no specific brand of camera, as long as it lets you do the above. I just have an oldish Canon camera which works perfectly!
2. You will also need a tripod, 100%! Or something that will help you keep your camera still. Any hand shake or camera shake at all will ruin your Light Trails and generally super impossible without one. So this is a must have item and can be picked up for not too much money!
3. Some say a Lens hood helps but this isn’t always a must, as I have never used one. It helps to block lens flare from ambient light. Remote shutter release or wireless controls can be used as well as warm clothing when shooting on freezing cold nights!
4. You need to stand in an area where traffic volume is frequent, without traffic or car lights light trails won’t work! So this is super important. BUT making sure safety comes first! I always position myself on a safe footpath bridge and out of the way of traffic but with a good view. Please do not stand in the middle of the road!!
I never got perfect photographs straight away and to be honest I still don’t, who is perfect anyway? But practice can make perfect so patience is always key when practising something new and this isn’t just with photography, it can be with anything in life!
Setting your shutter speed to around 10-30 seconds will create a good amount of time for the light trails to create in your images! It gives cars enough time to move through the frame. Always do tester shoots at first before you drive straight in!
I am not going to babble on forever, so if anyone would be interested in a much more detailed blog on how to do Light Trails and a step by step, I am more then happy to help but for now, here are some of my examples from last week!
I have a lot of exciting things happening in the next months and int the new year so I will keep you posted on my latest movements!
I hope you enjoy some of my examples of Light Trails! Remember mine still need a lot of work!