I am grateful to David for this post. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this sort of photography. Now I know enough to give it a go. Anyone else up for the challenge? I’d be interested to see your results.
Capturing light trails at night from different light sources is relatively simple and can produce really interesting effects. I have used sparklers, flashlights and even set up my camera and tripod near a busy road to record vehicle headlights and taillights.
It’s very easy to do, and only your imagination is the limit to what you can produce. Due to the long exposures needed for this technique, you will need to set your camera up on a tripod, or you could use a sturdy object that won’t move such as a rock, a chair or even a fence post.
Since we had monsoon like rains yesterday afternoon and last night, shooting outside in the dark was out of the question. So I moved inside and chose the darkest room in the house. Our bedroom closet.
For this exercise, I used a small flashlight to create the light trails. I keep…
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