WHEN YOU PHOTOGRAPH at night and leave the shutter open for long periods of time, any lights that move will leave bright trails that show the path they took. This is the basis of photographing light trails and fireworks—you open the shutter, allow the light to move through the frame, then close the shutter.

Photographing Light Trails Made by Car Lights

Some of the most dynamic-looking night photographs are those with the light trails made by cars traveling through the frame. These are fun to shoot and you don’t need a lot of technical skill or gear. What you do need is a great vantage point from which you can see ...

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