- Use a tripod, cable release or your camera's self timer
- Choose a low ISO, and use a small aperture for good depth of field
- Timing, wait until just before a car enters the scene to release the shutter
- The longer the shutter is open, the more streaks that can be captured (more cars, longer streaks)
This photo was taken at ISO 100, f/11 for about 8 seconds. This is just a generalization, as your exposure will vary depending on quickly or slowly cars are moving through your composition. If the shutter speed is too short, the taillight streaks will end abruptly in the photo. Increase the exposure time as needed to record longer, and more streaks. This is a fun technique and the results can add a lot of color and impact to your photograph! Make great pictures! ~ Deb
PS -My nighttime workshops are sold out in St. Augustine for Florida's Birding and Photo Fest, however I'll cover cool nighttime techniques during my Creative seminar. I hope to see you there!