Shooting light trails is one of the most fascinating subject in night photography. Although it is difficult to capture, but the results you get are worth the hard work. If we consider other aspect of night photography, photographing a light trail might seem simple. Those who are aware of this subject know that its just long exposure and slow shutter speed that helps you capture those magical pictures.
Those who do not know what light trails are please read on. Here is the definition from Google. 'Alight trail is a line recorded on film resulting from movement of a point of light (or camera movement) during the exposure.' Light trail is one of the colorful & creative subject that you can capture by setting your camera lens for long exposure shooting along with a very slow shutter speed.
When you set your camera's shutter speed to a very low level, the light is captured by camera sensors for a longer period of time. Your camera is exposed to light for about more than 20 - 25 seconds (30 seconds of exposure time is ideal to capture light trails). The best location to capture these light trail are the busy city roads, where your camera sensors track, record and capture light from every passing vehicle. The long exposure time and slow shutter speed causes the lights to appear as colorful streaks moving across the image.
So, make sure next time when you are out in night, you do capture some interesting light trails in your city.
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