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Paint shapes in the air while taking a long exposure photo in the dark
Experiment with the long exposure setting on the Lomo'Instant and paint light trails in the air for a stunning night time shot.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to take a light trail photograph. Long Exposure Light Trails - Step 1
    Step 1

    Wait until it gets dark and find the perfect location for your first shoot.

  • How to take a light trail photograph. Long Exposure Light Trails - Step 2
    Step 2

    Switch the camera on to the C setting for Creative Mode with the flash off.

  • How to take a light trail photograph. Long Exposure Light Trails - Step 3
    Step 3

    Switch the Shutter to B for bulb, which will let you take a long exposure.

  • How to take a light trail photograph. Long Exposure Light Trails - Step 4
    Step 4

    Set the Exposure Compensation Dial to +2 and place the camera on a tripod.

  • How to take a light trail photograph. Long Exposure Light Trails - Step 5
    Step 5

    You'll need a friend to help with the next bit. With your shot framed nicely and ready to photograph, have one person hold down the Shutter Release Button without letting it slide back to take a photo. Meanwhile, the other person can run across the shot holding a torch painting shapes in the air.

  • How to take a light trail photograph. Long Exposure Light Trails - Step 6
    Step 6

    After 30 seconds or so, let the Shutter Release Button spring back to print the shot.

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