Capturing light trails is a way of making your night shots more dynamic. By using the same technique with proper gear, you can create your own time-lapse videos with light trails.
In urban night photography, light trails add motion and emphasize the feel of a living city. Basically, to capture the light trails, all you need is a sturdy tripod and a camera. Preferably, having a remote controller might come in handy, but you can still shoot long exposure photos by using your timer on your camera to avoid camera shake. Same principles apply when capturing motion time-lapse with light trails.
In this five-minute video by Rhino Camera Gear, you will see a demonstration of using the required gear with additional tips about composition and timing. For this video, Rhino Camera Gear crew uses the brand’s renown motorized camera slider ROV Pro and a Sony a7 series mirrorless camera with a Laowa 15mm f/2.0 lens attached. An ND filter is attached to the lens to avoid overexposed areas and extend the exposure time when shooting in bulb mode.
You can achieve the same effect with any slider and camera combinations, however a motorized slider will be more practical for achieving precise and better results.
Have you ever tried capturing light trails in your time-lapse videos? Please share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.