Shooting with the Nikon D7000
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Remote control and Bulb mode


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Shooting with the Nikon D7000

with Ben Long

Video: Remote control and Bulb mode

A remote control is a must-have for certain types of shooting. With remote control you can keep your hands off of your camera to reduce camera shake during long exposures. In a portrait shoot a remote control can keep you from having to go behind the camera which lets you maintain better rapport with your subject. A wireless remote control or remote control with a really long cord can make self-portraits much easier. Remote controls are also great for times when you've placed your camera in a difficult to reach each location like on a really high tripod. Remote controls were great in conjunction with bulb mode.
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  1. 7m 15s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. What is an SLR?
      4m 1s
    3. Using this course
      1m 46s
  2. 25m 26s
    1. Understanding basic camera anatomy
      4m 30s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 25s
    3. Using batteries and media cards
      2m 24s
    4. Powering up
      1m 53s
    5. Navigating the menus and understanding factory defaults
      3m 17s
    6. Setting the date and time
      2m 29s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 31s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 12s
    9. Using two cards
      2m 9s
    10. Holding the camera
      2m 36s
  3. 16m 0s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      1m 14s
    2. Using the viewfinder display
      5m 8s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      38s
    4. Understanding autofocus basics
      2m 28s
    5. Understanding lens controls
      51s
    6. Using the flash in Auto mode
      1m 28s
    7. Reviewing images
      1m 50s
    8. Playing back images
      2m 23s
  4. 18m 48s
    1. Program mode
      43s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 39s
    3. Revisiting metering
      1m 51s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 40s
    5. Flexible Program mode
      2m 50s
    6. Image format and size
      6m 24s
    7. The Info button
      1m 41s
  5. 12m 17s
    1. Focus modes
      2m 14s
    2. Manually selecting a focus point
      6m 56s
    3. Manually focusing
      3m 7s
  6. 11m 28s
    1. Adjusting white balance automatically
      3m 33s
    2. Using white balance presets
      2m 11s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 44s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Continuous mode
      4m 10s
    2. Quiet mode
      39s
    3. The self-timer
      1m 7s
    4. Remote control and Bulb mode
      5m 17s
  8. 30m 55s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 30s
    2. Exposure lock
      55s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 10s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 28s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 17s
    6. Manual mode
      3m 6s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      3m 54s
    8. The Active D-Lighting controls
      1m 55s
    9. The Auto Distortion control
      50s
    10. Long-exposure noise reduction
      1m 21s
    11. High-ISO noise reduction
      2m 0s
    12. Multiple exposures
      1m 53s
    13. The interval timer
      5m 36s
  9. 11m 19s
    1. The metadata display
      3m 47s
    2. Adjusting LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 31s
    4. Creating folders
      1m 42s
    5. Copyright information
      1m 27s
  10. 3m 6s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image format
      1m 58s
  11. 6m 19s
    1. Fill flash
      58s
    2. The Exposure Compensation setting
      1m 36s
    3. Reducing red-eye
      1m 21s
    4. The Slow Sync flash setting
      2m 24s
  12. 5m 27s
    1. Defining picture controls
      1m 56s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 29s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      1m 6s
    4. Using monochrome picture controls
      56s
  13. 8m 2s
    1. Activating Live View
      3m 22s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      2m 35s
    3. Live View's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 10m 21s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 1s
    2. Focusing and exposure
      3m 49s
    3. Playing back movies
      1m 31s
  15. 5m 45s
    1. User modes
      3m 4s
    2. My Menu
      2m 41s
  16. 21m 2s
    1. What are custom settings?
      1m 32s
    2. Focus Priority
      1m 2s
    3. Number of focus points
      34s
    4. The built-in AF-assist illuminator
      39s
    5. Easy exposure compensation
      1m 47s
    6. The AE-L button
      50s
    7. The self-timer
      1m 37s
    8. ISO display and adjustment
      1m 11s
    9. CL mode shooting speed
      1m 15s
    10. File number sequence
      1m 36s
    11. Exposure Delay mode
      59s
    12. The Assign Fn button
      1m 0s
    13. The Assign Preview button
      1m 3s
    14. The Assign AE-L/AF-L button
      1m 29s
    15. Release button to use dial
      46s
    16. Reverse indicators
      40s
    17. The customized command dial
      3m 2s
  17. 3m 38s
    1. What image retouching does
      48s
    2. Applying image retouching
      1m 31s
    3. NEF (raw) processing
      1m 19s
  18. 5m 1s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 28s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 51s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 42s
  19. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Watch the Online Video Course Shooting with the Nikon D7000
3h 33m Beginner Oct 28, 2011

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This course details the features, controls, and options in the Nikon D7000 camera. Author Ben Long provides an overview of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and reviews the Nikon D7000 camera's components and basics of operation, including changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in Auto mode, and reviewing and managing photos on the camera's LCD screen. The course also covers white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, and shooting HD video, and includes a chapter on sensor and camera maintenance.

Topics include:
  • What is an SLR?
  • Attaching a lens to a camera
  • Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
  • Setting Auto mode
  • Changing ISO
  • Changing image format and size
  • Manually selecting a focus point
  • Correcting exposure while shooting
  • Controlling white balance
  • Using a driver and self-timer
  • Auto exposure bracketing
  • Selecting a picture style
  • Using Live View
  • Shooting video
  • Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
  • Cleaning the camera and sensor
Subject:
Photography
Author:
Ben Long

Remote control and Bulb mode

A remote control is a must-have for certain types of shooting. With remote control you can keep your hands off of your camera to reduce camera shake during long exposures. In a portrait shoot a remote control can keep you from having to go behind the camera which lets you maintain better rapport with your subject. A wireless remote control or remote control with a really long cord can make self-portraits much easier. Remote controls are also great for times when you've placed your camera in a difficult to reach each location like on a really high tripod. Remote controls were great in conjunction with bulb mode.

In bulb mode as long as you hold the shutter button down the shutter will stay open. So again, this is a great way for shooting long exposures, because you got your remote control to keep your hands off the camera and the shutter will just stay open as long as you hold that button down. Remote controls are very easy to connect. This is the ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control. it's one of several remote controls you can get for your D7000. It's small and light. It doesn't cost very much. It's kind of no-frills. It's really just a remote shutter button, but it's wireless switch is nice.

It's got decent range. To use it, you have to put your camera into it's Remote Control Release Mode which is right here. Now there are a few different ways that you can customize the remote control. If I go into the menu here in my SHOOTING MENU, I've got Remote control mode. I can go into there and I see three options Delayed remote which means after I press the shutter button it will be a two second delay before it fires, or Quick-response remote which will cause it to just shoot as soon as I press the button, and Remote mirror-up which we'll look at in a minute.

I'm going to put it on Quick- response remote and now all I have to do is press the button on the remote and the camera fires and it trips the shutter pretty much immediately. The rest of the process is just like it would be. If I was using the actual Shutter button to all of my autofocus, all of my metering all of the controls on my camera continue to work the same way as just I can trigger them from long-distance. One of the reasons you might choose to use a remote is to get your hands off the camera to reduce camera shake during long exposures.

I am going to put my camera over here into shutter priority mode, so I can get some control of shutter speed. So I can dial in increasingly long shutter speeds here up to 30 seconds that's as far as the D7000 can go. If I switch to manual mode though I get another option and that is to go past 30 seconds into this. I don't see a time there this is called time mode and when I'm working with the wireless remote in this mode with while your shutter speed set to time the shutter button becomes a toggle.

I press it and the shutter opens I can now wait as long as I want and then press it again to close the shutter. Now if I'm working with a wired remote instead of seeing this I would see the word bulb and the way that works with a wired remote is as long as I hold the shutter button down the shutter will stay open and most wired remotes have a lock, so that you don't actually have to stay in there and hold the shutter. So for extremely low light photography anytime when you want longer than 30 seconds you'll be using this mode.

To further reduce camera shake, you might want to go into mirror-up mode. You've seen how when I press a button that mirror inside my camera goes up and down. Well, I can create a little bit of vibration. In mirror-up mode I can isolate the mirror move from my actual exposure. Now since I've gone out of remote control mode note that this is changed to bulb mode, so my Shutter button is my going to work in bulb mode. Watch what happens I'm going to press the Shutter button once. That was the sound of the mirror going up.

Now I can press it again the shutter just opened and because I'm in bulb mode it will stay open as long as I hold the button down. I want to let go now and the shutter closed and the mirror came back down. So you wouldn't normally use the shutter release for that, you would normally want to use the remote control. Well I'm no longer in my remote control mode so that's not going to work. I'm going to change my Release Mode back to remote control. I'll go back in here into my menu and into my Remote control mode option and change to Remote mirror-up, hit OK.

And notice I'm still in my Time mode up here. So now I'm going to press the Shutter button on the remote control once. That just raised the mirror. Now I'm going to press it again to open the shutter and because I'm in Time mode, it just opens it doesn't close. Now I can press it again and it closes. So again that's a way that I can reduce camera vibration even further by taking that mirror movement out of my process. When you're working remotely like this, this means your face is not going to be up against the viewfinder and that means light can actually get in there.

So actually when I'm doing these kind of remote exposures I want the viewfinder covered up here. On your strap that came with the camera you'll find a little cover that you can remove this and slip the cover on there and take care of that problem. So remote controls are a great way of doing self-portraits and simply to get your hand off the camera and this is not just about long exposure photography and maybe you're on a tripod doing product shots or portraits, having a remote control can really help you reduce camera vibration in those circumstances also.

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