A typical example of that is some pics of a street where a red and a white line is visible. Like this
It may seems like a hard thing to do, but after reading this short guide you will feel ready to capture images like this!
What you need
- Camera. A DSLR would be ideal but every camera with manual mode is ok
- Tripod. You need the stability because the exposure time of the photo is not suitable for handheld photos
Actually, this is all the equipment you need. The next step is to find the ideal venue. A bridge over a major crossroad, an avenue or big streets are pretty good places. You need vehicles that pass with high speed in order to take the long exposure effect
When you find the place you set your gear. When you mount the camera on the tripod these are the settings that you need
IMPORTANT INFO: This guide is to be used only during night shots. Day long exposure photography is totally different and you need some filters to do that. We will talk about filters in another post
Shooting mode: I use the Manual Mode and make the necessary adjustments. This is what I pretty much use
ISO: Normally I use a low number, like 100 or 200.
APERTURE: Big number, something between 11 and 22. The aperture is symbolized with the letter f in your camera. You will see it in your camera screen like this f/22
SHUTTER SPEED: The most important element for long exposure. Here you need a really slow shutter speed. Usually, it is around 15 seconds but it depends on the speed of the vehicles that you want to frame in your picture.
IMPORTANT INFO: Use the time delay that every camera has (usually there is the option for 2 seconds and 10 seconds delay). By doing that, you prevent any shake of the camera that may result in a blurred photo.
In the following photo, I have set my camera with the above-mentioned settings
Another cool result of the long exposure photography is when shoot people and they look a bit of blurred. I love this outcome!
Check out these ghost-alike people! Isn’t that amazing?
I think that now you have an idea for long exposure photos. In my opinion, I included all the necessary information to start taking photos of light trails and ghost people!
I want you to send me here some photos of yours and to tell me if you had a hard time to adjust your camera to the required settings!
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