Light Trails - Shooting at Night

November 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

A recent pic taken for the press at a fireworks event. How was it done?

The camera was mounted on a tripod with a remote release to minimise movement. The aperture (which lets light in the lens) was set to about F9 to allow for some depth of focus. The shutter (speed of the photo) was set to Bulb, so I controlled that with the remote shutter. The color balance was set to daylight. Didn't want the shutter open too long as that would make the fireworks too busy and would allow the black background to adopt a colour cast from lights and become brown in colour. I also set up at a pond to capture a reflection. I waited for the display to begin, depressed the shutter, held it until I was happy (about a second or two) then released it. Done. Try the technique with vehicle lights at dusk but be safe - don't get run over......


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