This is what I want

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  1. kdabbagh

    kdabbagh TPF Noob!

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    Hey... I was wondering if anyone can give me tips on how to achieve photos like these ones... I attempted it last night and I am too ashamed to even post the examples...just tell me if you can help me get the right settings to shoot like this with a D40x and a 18-135 lens.. I am particularly interested in shooting something like the second photo Thanksss


    http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/01247_highwayatnight_1280x800.jpg
    http://interfacelift.com/dl/wallpaper/01345_nightofthegalaxie_1280x800.jpg


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    The link isn't working for me.
     
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    What you need is a tripod and a long shutter speed. It wouldn't hurt to have a remote shutter release so that you are not touching the camera to fire it.
     
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    Yeah what Big Mike said.
     
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    how can I set up my camera to a long shutter speed? And remote shutter release is something I have to purchase right? Any idea what the average price is?
     
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    Yeah I think the perfect thing would be tripod on the side of an overpass looking over to the highway below, with a remote release and maybe even a bulb exposure, and just hold it down till your done.
     
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    And yes you have to purchase the remote release, im not sure how much they run, do dslrs still have the cable release slot or is it only ir now?
     
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    The Shutter release should be around $20-$30 pretty much anywhere you can get it... You should be able to figure out how to do the long exposures in the manual.... I believe you can do it by just changing the shutter speed normall but go beyond numbers like 8, 6, 4 and in things like 3" 10" and even like 30" you have to experiment for the effect you want to get... how long the trails are etc
     
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    Remote

    Read the manual :er:

    I would put the camera into A mode (aperture priority) and set an aperture of F8 (for starters). If it's dark, the camera will probably set a long shutter speed.

    Maybe a better option would be to put the camera into M mode and set both the shutter speed and aperture...it might take some experimentation to find out what will work for you.
     
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    You could also save yourself the cost of a remote, and use the timer function. Set your timer for, say, 10 seconds or so. The camera should stop shaking/vibrating by the time the shutter is released.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I normally would have recommended that as well...except that it makes it hard to catch a car where you want it, when using a 10 second delay. :)
     
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    ahh, yes, right. It's the end of a school-day, with students who don't want to be back from vacation, my back went out, and the autoshop isn't finished with my car yet - grrrr - I need a sofa.

    Remotes are fun anyhow, you may as well get one.
     

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