Long Exposure, Streaking Lights

Long exposures for cityscapes are easy if you have a way to steady the camera. And the results can be beautiful.

San Francisco Night Scene

The most important thing to remember is to shoot RAW so you can adjust the color later and play with the highlights and shadows. For example, I used the Tungsten WB setting for this shot.

You'll probably need a bit of exposure compensation too. Seems like I'm usually at -1 or more. And keep your ISO low. You'll need it at 100 or 200 in order to get the long exposures and to control image noise.

And finally, if you don't have a remote release, use the self timer. That's what I did for this shot with my OM-D E-M5 and the 17mm f.1.8 lens.

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