While the dark evenings prevail and the ease of going out and taking photographs in the evening is not immediately apparent, I have taken to trying light trail photography and so can you.
All you need is a study enough tripod for the camera you will be using, a camera with a shutter priority or manual setting, a cable release or delay timer and at the moment, a warm coat and gloves!
The aim of course is to get really nice, flowing lines of light travelling through shot to be captured in all their glory so position and composition are key.
Once you are set up in the area that you wish to be, the next step is to set up your camera accordingly. Now, depending on your camera, you need to set a shutter priority or manual setting so that you can manage a long shutter duration, thus capturing as much light as possible. To manage this, particularly in manual (which is how I have been shooting) you can use a very small ISO (I have been using ISO160/200) and a very small aperture (say f/22 for example). This gives great flexibility over your shutter speed.
I mentioned a delay timer or cable release earlier on as well. I do so because you need the shot to be as sharp as possible and when you depress the shutter, this will cause the camera to shake or vibrate a little. If you set your camera to delay timer when you press the shutter, any vibrations should have disipated by the time the shot is taken. The same priniciple is achieved with the cable release but there would be no need for a delayed timer. To avoid any vibration caused when the shot is taken, if you can lift your mirror in advance, this would be a bonus as well.
Also, preparation is a good idea. Standing by the Ring Road in Leeds wondering why it is at a standstill for 45 mins then remembering that Leeds are at home is quite an annoying way of ruining a shoot (no matter the shutter speed, light trails of stationary traffic do not work!) so check in advance where you plan to shoot if you can.
Now, I'm not going to profess to be greatly skillful at this technique but quite a lot of practise (and some trial and error!) has lead me to different shutter speeds, locations, compositions, times of day and on occasion, shots that feel as though time in the cold was worth the work.
What a way to get out though while the dark evenings and crisp weather continues? Keeping your camera busy while learning a new technique at the same time. Also, is you fancy a partner (standing around in the dark can be a little intimidating depending on where you are) then there is a chance that I might just be free!