Tip of the Day: Night Rider

• A fairly long shutter speed (about 1/2 second) with flash will give both motion blur and sharpness to the rides.

The lighted rides at amusement parks and fairgrounds can make interesting, colorful photos that show the energy of the place. Wide-angle views, a medium ISO, and a tripod will help capture the excitement. Follow this advice on shutter speeds to get the shot you want:

• A short shutter speed (less than 1/15 second) will give a static view of the scene, without any motion.

• A fairly long shutter speed (about 1/2 second) with flash will give both motion blur and sharpness to the rides.

• Very long shutter speeds (1 sec +), without flash, will turn the rides into abstract light traces.

Adapted from: How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from Your Digital Camera By Tom Ang (DK Publishing, 2007; $40)
Photo by Alfonso Sierra Peña

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