Car Light Trails

Use car lights to draw brights lines in the dark


  • A camera with shutter-priority mode.
  • A tripod, or at least somewhere to rest the camera.


  • A road with a decent amount of traffic, preferably with street lights


  • A night with little to no wind.


  • Shutter-priority mode at 4 seconds. You can adjust this later to suit.
  • Activate the 2 second timer to eliminate camera shake.


  • Setup the camera on a tripod, or put it on the ground. Aim your camera at the road.
  • Because you're using a 2 second self-timer, if there aren't many cars on the road, you'll need to take photos before the cars enter the frame.