5 Advanced Tips for Optical Rail Photography
On a busy traffic night, as long as the exposure time is slightly extended, it is easy to take a fascinating light trail image. We share 5 advanced tips for taking good light trails. Photography enthusiasts who want to try to shoot light trails but don’t know how to start, come and check out this blog.
- Show the distinguished atmosphere
Since you want to shoot a light track, you must find a way to shoot it in a more distinguished way, preferably so that people can see it clearly at first glance. First, after you find a scene with moving light sources, shoot with an ultra-wide-angle lens as close as possible to the light source you want to shoot. If you want to photograph busy streets and car tracks at night, consider moving the tripod to bring the camera closer to the road. Also, remember to lower the camera and shoot from the bottom up. The advantage of shooting from a low angle is that it can enhance the momentum of the building and the background. If shooting in a studio, people usually use LED panel light or RGB light panel for this purpose.
- Visualization of the light track
Photographers often use best video LED light to enhance the visual tension of their photos. There are a lot of compositions that seem drab and boring these days, and if you add a light track, it becomes instantly interesting. Before pressing the shutter, we can first observe the background and terrain, and then decide how to visualize the light track, such as grasping the direction, color and brightness of the light track, and then set the appropriate shutter speed and use the correct composition method . If you have the opportunity to shoot in a high-rise building, you can try to find a road with a lot of traffic, lengthen the exposure time, and add traffic light tracks to the original dull night scene to enhance the visual tension of the photo.
Try to find a completely dark road environment so you can get clean light trails. For example, on suburban highways or mountain roads, lengthen the exposure time and make the background underexposed. At this time, the clear and obvious light track lines will appear very prominent. In addition, in the post-production process, you can try to adjust the dark part of the photo to a black tone, and only strengthen the details of the bright part of the light track line alone, which can enhance its unique effect. This kind of texture provided by the dark environment is unmatched by photographic lights.
- No need a car
In principle, as long as there is a light source, there is a chance to shoot the light track effect, so the bicycles, motorcycles, trains and even light sticks in the parade can become props for shooting ideal light track works. Different vehicles and light sources have different motion modes. Some are very regular, and some are random, which will be more interesting than ordinary headlight trajectory shooting. If you have the chance, try it yourself. Beginners can do this by holding a light wand and taking transportation back and forth.
- Create a light track
Without a suitable light source probably from video lighting kits, it is not necessarily impossible to shoot light trails, and sometimes you have to do it yourself. Find a safe and open place, set up your camera and tripod, set up long exposures and countdown selfies, then hop in your car, drive to the camera, show routes and directions that you find interesting, and still take stunning photos. Light track works. Of course, having a friend to help you shoot is also one of the ways to increase the success rate.
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