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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 7:22 pm 
Hello all. im pretty new to photography. How do igo about creating car light trails? I have canon 450D kit lens and 50mm f1.8. Thanks in advance. :)

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 7:31 pm 
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The key to trailing car lights is long exposures (slow shutter speeds). For this the camera will have to be held steady (on a wall or tripod).

For best result use the cameras self-timer to trigger the exposure (or use a remote triggering device) to eliminate camera movement when the shutter is released.

Once you have set this up select Shutter priority mode (Tv on a Canon) and dial in a shutter speed of 4 seconds the camera will select an appropriate aperture setting. Take a few pictures and examine the results. Then just experiment with different shutter speeds... longer will give longer trails etc..

oh yeah and when you get some good ones you need to post them on this forum :wink:

Canon EOS 400D, EF-S 18-55mm, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 MK I, EF-S 10-22mm, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 135 f/2L USM
Canon 430EX II, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3, Arca Swiss P0
Panasonic GX1, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Olympus 45mm f/1.8
Canon EOS 30/33 and Pentax MX/ME Super
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 7:34 pm 
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Hi stabo,

I've added this post to Mohamed's thread Car Light At Night .... The extracted EXIF data should get you started.


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M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8, Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
Astrophotography: TEC 140 'scope, FLI ML16803 camera, ASA DDM60 Pro mount.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 7:47 pm 
Thanks guys. Will give it a try later. will post my results in a few weeks, i have a sick laptop at mo. :(

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:55 pm 

Here's a little inspiration for you =).

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