Bulb mode for extended shutter times

When using film cameras, photographers rely on the camera's B setting, in combination with a cable release (a shutter button on the end of a cord). The B setting (short for bulb) keeps the shutter open for as long as you hold down the release. Many a photographer has stood out in the cold, thumbs pressing down on icy cable releases, softly counting: "One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three "

Your digital camera probably doesn't have a B setting (although a few do have Bulb modes). But you can capture these dramatic shots if your camera offers a shutter-priority mode (Section 1.8.3). In this mode, you can tell the camera to keep the shutter open for a long time indeedfour seconds or more for car-taillight photos, for example.

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  • Roderick
    How to photoshop with bulb mode?
    7 years ago

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