Join Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting a long exposure of city lights, part of Photography 101: Shooting in Low Light.
…Normally, when you're doing long exposure photography, you don't want anything to…move because anything that moves in the scene is going to be blurry.…If the camera moves, everything's blurry and…if something in the photo moves, then that's going to be blurry,…unless that thing is a point of bright light in an otherwise dark canvas.…Then what you get is something called trails.…You can have trails of light that are created by stars or…in this case, trails of light created by headlights.…Take a look at the scene out here.…We're looking at the Las Vegas Strip.…We've got a lot of lights going on and a lot of them are actually static.…
They're not moving.…But what we also have down there are cars and…those cars are going to create some pretty cool light trails.…So, let's have a look at the setup that I've got set up here already.…I'm shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 50 millimeter lens on a solid tripod.…Gotta have a heavy tripod for something like this.…You don't want the camera itself to move at all.…
Joseph explores indoor, candlelit scenes; bright cities, where he shows how to capture spectacular traffic trails; and the great outdoors, under the natural light of the moon and stars. The course also contains tips on using your iPhone or other smartphone for low-light photography—or even as a light source—and enhancing noisy, high-ISO images in post-production.
- Setting up low-light portraits
- Using the iPad as a light source
- Shooting a long exposure of city lights
- Shooting simple night photos
- Exposing for the moon
- Processing night shots with StarStaX