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Photographing Car Light Trails

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:00 pm
by KarenStevens
Hello everyone I'm Karen new here... I love to share this tips of mine because i think it useful and i'd love to take a shot of car light trails (tail lights or head lights).. Hope it helps... :)

I have always loved night photography - the interplay of different light sources produces a fantastic array of colours, and the contrast between light and dark areas creates a vibrant, engaging scene. I do first was:

1. Location and Viewpoint
Choose a shooting location that will make some interesting shaped light trails, and maybe choose somewhere with plenty of traffic so that you get lots of car trails. Picture the cars in your mind moving through the scene and imagine how their light trails will look.

2. Car Direction - Towards or Away?
Think of of what you want to take a shot a car that towards you or away from you. When choosing your viewpoint think that car lights have different colours - white at the front and red at the back. The color of the light trails in your photo can dramatically affect the feel of the image.

3. Plan Your Exposure Time
This is very critical when photographing car trial at night.. Longer exposure means more trails and their length extended but if it too long its faded and that's very noticeable.. :)

I hope this helps...

Re: Photographing Car Light Trails

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:29 am
by teknisyan
Just want I needed... thanks!

Re: Photographing Car Light Trails

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:26 pm
by KarenStevens
Abiel Corel NA wrote:Just want I needed... thanks!


Your welcome.... :) I'm grateful you like my tips.... :D

Re: Photographing Car Light Trails

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:10 pm
by printchesco
This has always been one photography trick that's always been of interest to me. Light in darkness is always a fun thing to play with, and this post help explains some tips in order to get things just right. Thanks for sharing this.

Re: Photographing Car Light Trails

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:38 pm
by kevinnewlove
It's all about experimentation here. You get the best results when you don't expect them I find. Looking for that right exposure is a journey that reveals a lot.