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Earlier when we looked at the D800's self-timer, I mentioned that one of the things you can use it for is when you have the camera locked down on a tripod and you're doing the long exposures and you want to be sure that there's no camera shake. With the self-timer you're able to press the shutter button, get your hand off the camera, give it time to calm down before the shutter actually fires. There is actually an even better way to handle that situation, and that's to go here into your menu, to the Custom setting menu, go down to the Shooting/Display category.
Inside there you will find something called Shutter delay mode. This lets you dial in a delay of either one, two or three seconds. That will occur between the time when the mirror flips up and the shutter fires. So I'm going to put in a two-second delay here. And as I shoot, you should hear two different things. I am going to switch over to manual focus, just because we don't have anything for the camera to lock focus on. There is the mirror going up. There's the shutter firing. So because there was a delay between those two, that gave the camera time to stop any possible vibration that might've happened when the mirror flipped up.
So this can be a nice way to really ensure that you're getting sharp images when you're shooting those long exposures, ones around a second or so. Much longer than that, you probably don't need to worry about this too much.
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