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Old Oct 20, 2008, 11:08 AM   #1
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Hey Folks...just getting into shooting. I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT...no manual. Can't figure out how to set it up so that I can shoot those cool nighttime pics that show car headlights moving...guess the question is about exposure time/shutter speed and how to leave the shutter open long enough to get light trails???

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old Oct 20, 2008, 2:48 PM   #2
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Here's the manual:

http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/09000002...T350DIM-EN.pdf
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 3:30 PM   #3
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Kevin,

So you can experiment with different times I'll recommend:

a. use a tripod

b. Get a remote shutter release (so you don't physically touch the camera)

c. Set camera to 'bulb' and fire away your tests.

If you don't use a remote release the pressure of you pressing and ultimately releasing the shutter button will cause some shake. How much shake depends on how good your tripod/head is. Great tripod/head it probably won't show much. Cheap tripod/head or worse just resting camera on something unstable and the shake will impact the quality of your photos.
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Thanks to TCav and John for their info and feedback.

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Old Oct 21, 2008, 1:47 PM   #5
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JohnG wrote:
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If you don't use a remote release the pressure of you pressing and ultimately releasing the shutter button will cause some shake....
You can avoid this without using a remote shutter release by placing a sheet of black construction paper in front of the lens, pressing and releasing the shutter button, and then quickly removing the construction paper. The shake will occur while the lens is covered and will be over by the time you uncover it.
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