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Updated: Sep 3

TAKE YOUR CAMERA OUT & LIGHT UP THE DARK

stockport viaduct at night lit up by street lights
Stockport Viaduct

The image above of the close up of the viaduct was taken on the 70-200mm lens with a ISO100 + F/4 for 3.2 secs


NEED:

  • Tripod

  • Any location at night that has lights (moving or still) OR dark location and take your own light source.

  • and of course a camera - manual mode -

My starting point for camera settings when doing long exposure are:

ISO 100 F/5 SHUTTER 3"2

Frame and take a shot, see how is comes out. Normally you will have to tweak the Shutter time and F stop to get your desired image.


The images above were taken on the 16-35mm lens with a ISO100 F/9 for 4secs


One thing I really like about long exposure, is how creative you can get. The camera really does become your canvas. Of course here I am only using traffic to create light streaks but you can get yourself any kind of light source, stand in front of the camera and create your own light trails. if you do do this then I do advise wearing black clothing and make sure you keep yourself moving whilst the shutter is open.


TIP: always use a trigger or self timer when setting of the camera. This just avoids any movement from you pressing the button and keeps the camera super steady.


Just a little reminder - Always be aware of who is around, especially if you are on your own. And Do Not leave and equipment unattended.



If you have any questions please feel free to leave in the comment section below :)




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