How Light Trails Go

After my last post a couple of people said they would like to see a tutorial on how to do light trails, or rather how to add to them. So I did this photo today.


The image was done with about 12 images. I thought it would be a good image to do a tutorial on.

I didn’t write the tutorial, but have done a video one instead. I hope you don’t mind, but finding time to write one right now is impossible. I also think it is easier to see it.

It is short and only goes for five minutes, but hopefully it helps you to work out how I did it. ย The tutorial is with Adobe Photoshop CC.

13 Responses

  1. Tim

    Thank you for the tutorial Leanne.
    Capturing light trails can be a simple and quick (only seconds) in-camera process if using an Olympus camera (I have an OM-D EM-1). With the camera set on “Live Composite” you take an initial exposure, then you keep the shutter open long enough to get the desired affect you want as you view the result on live screen. It’s very easy, and lots of fun watching your picture develop on the live screen. Obviously, the camera must be mounted on a tripod.

  2. Thanks, Leanne: I’ve used the Lighten blend mode with star trails but had not thought of using it with traffic light traces. The Group idea for the mask was also a helpful tip. Good job!

  3. Great job, Leanne! Good to hear your voice as well! Have a wonderful week ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thank you for the tutorial Leanne, amazing work.

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