How to use Bulb mode on your Nikon DSLR

    By | Getting Started | 20/02/2012 16:57pm
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    Whether you’re shooting star trails or urban light patterns, you’re going to be dealing with exposures that run into several seconds, if not minutes.

    Taking long exposures can be daunting, but it doesn’t have mean the death of your night photography ambitions if you learn how to use the Bulb mode on your Nikon DSLR.

    Below we’ve shown you how to use Bulb mode in 4 simple steps.

    How to use Bulb mode

     

    How to use Bulb mode on your Nikon DSLR

    Step 1: Use a tripod
    During a long exposure, the slightest movement will blur the picture, and handheld shooting is out of the question. Your camera needs to be fixed to a tripod, and you should make sure it’s locked in place.

     

    How to use Bulb mode on your Nikon DSLR

    Step 2: Set the shutter to Bulb
    Set the camera to manual mode and use the command dial to set the shutter speed to Bulb. Pressing the shutter button opens the shutter, which will stay open until you release the shutter button again.

     

    How to use Bulb mode on your Nikon DSLR

    Step 3: Use a remote release
    If you simply hold down the shutter button yourself, you’ll keep jogging the camera with slight movements that will blur the picture. Instead, use a cable release or infrared remote to fire the shutter.

     

    How to use Bulb mode on your Nikon DSLR

    Step 4: Time the exposure
    Using the remote, lock the release during the exposure and time it using a watch or the stopwatch function on your phone to get an accurate exposure time. Some remotes have timers built in.


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