One of the first subjects that I remember trying to capture as a teenager with my first SLR camera (film) was light trails created by cars on a busy road near my home. I’d seen this type of shot in a photography magazine and was impressed by the eye catching results. Light Trails continue to be popular subject matter for many photographers and they can actually be a great training ground for those wanting to get their cameras out of manual mode and to experiment with shooting in low light at longer exposures. Following area few examples of light trail shots as well as some practical starting point tips for those wanting to give it a go.
Not essential but helpful to have with you are lens hoods (to help block lens flare from ambient lights), remote shutter release cables or wireless remote controls, patience and some warm clothes if you’re going out on a chilly night. At the most general level photographing light trails involves finding a spot where you’ll see the light trails created by cars, securing your digital camera, setting a long exposure setting on your camera and shooting at a time when cars will be going by to create the trail of light. While there are a lot of tips that could be shared on the topic of photographing light trails – the main thing I learned in my early days of attempting to create these types of images was to experiment extensively. The key is to start with something in the range above and to take a few test shots to see how the exposure works. If your shots are overexposed – close your aperture down (increase the f stop number) or if your shots are underexposed open it up (decrease the f stop numbers). Histogram – One thing to watch out for is letting any light source in your image (whether it be headlights, street lights etc) washing out your image. Choose a low ISO setting – this will give you images with as little noise as possible. Manual Focus – In low light situations cameras can struggle to get focusing locked correctly. I have played with this style of shot but always seem to end up with a very orange looking picturing, how can I stop all my night shots looking orange? I waited for a bus to go by before snapping this long exposure shot so I could capture the nice light trail it left behind. The trailing lights left behind by the buses in this long exposure shot do give a surreal look to the building, as if the building itself is in motion! Or go with M (Manual mode), where you can set the aperture AND shutter speed independently!
Dlync – we have a weekly challenge here on dPS, you can find it in the right hand sidebar of the site on pretty much any page, just scroll down a bit. Well done, if I’m not mistaken, this looks like Tamworth NSW Australia, If I’m correct it was taken near the intersection near the railway station with Imperial hotel on the left and The Northern Daily Leader office on the right of the frame, you are probably wondering how I know this well I used to live in Tamworth for about 28 years before moving to Armidale NSW! In recent years there have been some advancements in technology that allow for brighter, cheaper LEDs.
An LED panel is always on, and so does not rely on a receiving a trigger from the camera to fire it.
With a flash, it needs to be connected to the camera somehow to receive the trigger to fire.
If your camera does not have a hot-shoe, or any way to trigger an external flash, then an LED panel is a good choice. Probably the main benefit of LED panels is that you can see the effect the light is having on the scene without having to take a test shot.
Although this is a definite advantage of LED light panels over flash, how advantageous it is for you really depends on how you use your flash. Although an LED light panel on full power may appear very bright to our eyes, it is very dim compared to the sudden burst of light from a flash.
If you had an LED panel that constantly put out the amount of light that a flash puts out in it's quick burst, you'd probably blind anyone that looked at it. Here is an example of the light output of a 160 LED panel against a standard speedlight flash.
In the above images you might notice that the shadow of the models is much harsher in the photo taken with the speedlight flash. This is because the LED Light panel has a much larger surface area that the light is output over.

You can easily get a more diffused light from a speedlight flash by using a diffuser of some sort.
The 160 LED light panel I used for the test above is relatively small as far as light panels go. However, as you can see below, even a small 160 LED panel is larger than a speedlight flash.
There are also many hot shoe flash units available that are smaller than the SB800 used for the example above.
Being able to use Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries is a benefit of some LED light panels. While speedlight flashes are great for still photography, they are not useful for much else. For example, a Canon E-TTL flash will only support E-TTL operation when used with a Canon camera. Although both LED light panels and speedlight flashes can both be used for still photography, there are some important differences. For something like studio portrait photography, both LED light panels and flash will do a good job. Ultimately the type of photography you mainly practice, and how you like to work will determine if an LED light panel or a speedlight flash will be most useful for you.
Tagged with Balanced flash, Continuous lighting, Flash photography, LED light panel, LED Light panel vs. The beauty of digital photography is that you can do this with no extra cost to yourself and can get instant results (unlike when I did it on film and had to fork out for film and processing – not to mention wait days to see my results). But getting a shot that grabs attention means putting a little more thought into choosing your location, thinking about timing and framing your image. If you shoot at this time you’ll not only capture light from cars, but ambient light in the sky which can add atmosphere to your shots. You’ll quickly realize whether your shots are under or overexposed and whether the length of the exposure is long enough to let cars travel through the frame in the way that you want.
If you want the car’s lights to go further through the frame go for a longer shutter speed and if you want it to travel less through the frame shorten it.
If you need to go with a larger aperture you decrease the depth of field and more of your shot will be out of focus. Lights that burn too bright can cause distractions and draw the eye of your viewer away from focal points – ruining your shot. The last thing you want is for your camera to be in and out of focus just as you need to hit the shutter release.
Hitting the shutter just before a car enters the frame and releasing it just after it leaves the frame can create a lovely unbroken line – but sometimes shooting with shorter exposure times while the camera is in the frame can be effective also. I was about to start out with my camera to experiment this style, but then i decided to read a few articles, get ideas from others, and leave! I experimented light trail by asking my friend to run my bike and i really got eye chatching results. There is also our very active forum which you can join and look for challenges inside there also or get images critiqued. Shall definitely keep reading the tutorials even if I cant master finding the challenges and critiques, lol.
It’s all about getting out and doing photography, there is no right or wrong and no winners or losers.
This has allowed for LED Light panels - a large number of bright LEDs grouped together like a single light.
This makes it easy to adjust the lights to get the level of lighting just right and the shadows exactly where you want them. If you find you're constantly adjusting the positioning of your flash(es), then an LED Light panel could be quite useful. This way the LED light panels show how the shadows will fall and which parts of the scene will be the brightest when setting up the shot.

Instead, a photo taken with an LED light panel requires a much longer exposure time compared to a flash.
The LED light panel was also using a diffusion panel in front of the LEDs rather than bare LEDs. For situations with low levels of ambient light, and where flash is the main light source, the exposure time is equivalent to the flash duration, even if the shutter speed is longer. These batteries have no memory effect, and can hold a larger charge than rechargeable AA batteries. A large LED light panel can set you back several hundred dollars, just as a top-end speedlight can.
If you buy a TTL flash (which is the majority of flashes), then the TTL operation is tied to cameras produced by a specific manufacturer. So you can easily lend one to a friend or borrow one from a friend with no fears that it won't be compatible with your camera. The quick burst of light from a flash makes them much more suitable for photography where you need to freeze motion. This might be one where there are well lit buildings along the road, one where multiple roads merge together to create light trails in different directions, on the bend of a road so that the trails sweep through the image, near a roundabout so the trails create circular shapes, in the middle of dual carriageways (on a triaffic island) so that you get traffic coming in two directions etc.
One way to quickly check out if there’s any area in your shot that is overexposed to this degree is to view the histogram on your shot. Switch to manual focus and make sure your focus is upon a part of your image that is visually strong. Once again it’s about experimenting with different timings and seeing what effects it has. If you use this you’ll want to be using a remote shutter release to stop any camera movement while the shutter is open.
In this article I'll compare the benefits and disadvantages of LED Light panels against hot shoe speedlights (flash). But it does require purchasing the wire or wireless trigger, and is arguably not as convenient as an LED panel.
Larger panels may have 500 to 1000 LEDs, giving approximately 1A? stops to 2A? stops more light than a small 160 LED panel. The continuous light source of an LED panel is just not suitable for high speed photography. Really it depends on how bright you have your lights, and if you use a flash, how often you are firing it. Hot shoe flashes have been around for a long time, so there is a good supply of used flashes. If you use one of these units with an unsupported camera, then you have no way of controlling the flash's power. Most (though not all) LED panels feature a dimmer switch so you can easily adjust the strength of the light. LED panels are arguably preferable to hot lights for portrait photography, both because they run cool, and also use less power.
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If there are areas that are blown out you’ll have a graph with a right hand side that is too high on the graph. LED light panels are relatively new, so it is harder to find one for sale cheaper second hand.

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