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Sneak Peaks at Snap Shots

Thursday means photography apreciation day for Lets Go Big Tunes so each week we bring you photography tips that cater for beginners to experts. We are discussing night time photography for the month of May.

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Tip 4. Shooting light trails

The classic night photography technique, requiring patience and persistence rather than a ton of specialist camera kit.

Simply use a slow exposure to render a moving light source - whether that's car headlights or a fast fairground ride - as bright streaks through the frame.

Lock the camera off on a tripod so that other elements of the picture are captured sharply, and time your shots to record the maximum amount of streaks.

When shooting car light trails or bursts of fireworks, it often pays to shoot numerous exposures and then blend these together in Photoshop. This way, pictures will feel much fuller and livelier.

Tip 5. Photographing star trails

If you're not a patient photographer, look away now - or at least move to the next night photography technique. Photographing the sky at night as the Earth rotates can take hours.

Switch your camera to manual settings, and focus the lens at infinity. Using Bulb mode, set a low ISO to reduce digital noise, and a wide aperture such as f/2.8 to gather as much light as possible and keep exposure times comparatively short.

Keep the shutter held open with a lockable remote release for several minutes. You may find it requires an exposure of 30 minutes to record a substantial amount of trailing.

Shooting a number of shorter exposures and stacking these in Photoshop to build a dramatic rotating starscape image can help to reduce digital noise, compared to doing it all in one long exposure.

Tip 6. Light painting

Try using a torch or flashgun to 'paint' a scene during a long exposure at night. Light painting is a popular photography technique that can be used on everything from still life photos to sweeping landscapes.

You'll need to set the camera to Bulb mode and use a lockable remote release to keep the shutter held open while you illuminate the subject.

Judging the perfect light painting exposure for a given scene and power of your light source, but exposures typically run into many minutes.

Keep the torch moving to prevent any hotspots, and check the exposures using the histogram on the rear screen - the light-painted features should be bright but not burning out.

Join us next week for more photography tips and tricks on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page

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