set to Tv.
set your shutterspeed to 10sec.
set your Iso to erm... 100
take a test shot.
if the light trails are too thin or dim, up iso to 200 or 400.
if light trails are too bright, increase shutterspeed somemore
once you get your right iso.
watch the cars. wait for a time when there are more cars, and they are going everywhere (or where you want them to go)
1. set up tripod
2. find your composition
3. set to 30 seconds exposure
4. set to 2 seconds timer shot
6. scratch nuts for 30 seconds
7. preview photo
8. praise yourself
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In other words, to set up the camera on the tripod such that the view through the viewfinder is the composition that you want in your image.... ~phew~ out of breath.Originally Posted by speedtest99
Originally Posted by jekyll69
Whilst this is a good general guideline, I discourage learning photography by following a set of rules.
Always ask yourself "why....?"
When you know the answer, you will have gained some knowledge.
For example, if the sky is still not totally dark, and with 30s exposure you get everything blown... then you ask yourself "why is the photo so overexposed?", "why must it be 30s exposure?"
If you can answer these questions yourself, you're on your way...
Always feel free to experiment and see the results, then make an educated deduction. If you can learn this way, the ideas will become deeply rooted in your brain.
Reading the camera manual will tell you how to set the settings like TV mode, shutter speed, iso etc.
I also find that turning off VR/IS would help a lot so you can ensure you get a very sharp focus. Use the viewfinder, or if like me, you can't see so well even with glasses, use your live view to focus. Magnify the image on live view to make sure you have attained a sharp focus.
Having a wired/wireless remote controller might help if you are afraid to accidentally touching yr setup (camera/tripod).
Last edited by dingaroo; 23rd December 2009 at 02:56 AM.
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ooh..so more shutter speed = faster shutter speed, thanks for sharing! got a lil confiused there!
refer to dpreview for more detailed explanation, refer to "iso sensitivity and dynamic range"
A good tripod
Wide angle lens (should be 17-35mm from the photo also depending on full frame or cropped body)
Setting: Manual Mode, ISO 100, f/16-22, shutter speed 15-30s (the idea is during the time the shutter open and close there are cars traveling along the road to give that line of light and your background has to be static) or even longer (bulb), single focus mode
Remote shutter release (helps but not critical)