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I am using a pentax A3, film slr, which i am not familiar with. Im not sure how to make the shutter speed longer so that I can experiment with light trails at night.

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Lower aperture numbers are larger holes than larger numbers which are small holes (apetures)

so to get trails use F8, but often better if you have a tripod otherwise other objects become blurred rather than a sharp trail or blurred light.

so on asa( ISO) 100 i would set aperture to F8 with a shutter speed of 30.

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