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The slowest shutter speed you can pick in Shutter Priority mode is 30 seconds. If you need to take a shot that's longer than that--maybe you are doing some extreme low-light photography--then you're going to need to switch to Manual mode and rotate the Shutter Speed control all the way past 30 seconds, to Bulb. In Bulb setting, as long as you press the Shutter button down, the shutter will stay open. So I'm going to focus and then press the rest of the way. Now, the mirror and shutter are up. You can see that my viewfinder has gone dark.
It's going to stay that way until I take my finger off the button. I could stand here until my hand cramps and it's not going to close the shutter. When I finally let go, the shutter closes and it records my shot. Needless to say, standing around for hours with your finger on the Shutter button is not real practical, so you're probably going to want to use a remote control with Bulb mode, preferably a remote control that has a lock on it so that you can set your remote, lock the Shutter down, and just leave it there. You'll learn more about remote controls later.
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