Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Long exposure photography, part of Learning to Shoot with the Nikon D3200 and D3300.
- One style of photography that's gaining in popularity is long exposure. In this case, the shutter stays open for a very long time, and this can be useful for things like moving tail lights, stars, or fireworks, and your camera offers two different shutter speeds in manual mode that are useful for this. The first option, Bulb, causes the shutter to remain open while the shutter release button is pressed all the way down. Now this could be quite useful because you could press and hold the button to leave the shutter open as long as you want.
When you release, the shutter will close. Now to prevent any sort of blur, be sure to use a tripod or the remote controller we talked about earlier. With the Time mode, you start the exposure by pressing the shutter release button on the camera or with the remote control. The shutter will remain open for 30 minutes or until the button is pressed again. Yes, I did say 30 minutes. That could be quite useful if you're shooting a long exposure, say of a body of water, and you've got of neutral density filter on the camera.
Now you're probably not going to shoot for 30 minutes, but a few minutes is quite possible, or if you're shooting nighttime photography with things like star trails, it's pretty common there too. Make sure you mount the camera on a tripod or a stable, level surface. To prevent any light from entering the viewfinder, you should cover up with an eyepiece cap, or put a piece of tape over the viewfinder. This will prevent accidental light from coming down into the camera. Additionally, make sure you use a fully charged battery, and I strongly recommend that you turn noise reduction to On, but do remember that this will significantly increase the processing time when the shutter closes.
If you don't want that processing time and you're comfortable doing this in post-production, well, then you can leave noise reduction off and you'll be able to get to the next shot that much faster.
Knowing how your camera works will always help you get the best results. Watch this course to learn how to adjust settings of the D3200 or D3300 for the best exposure and focus in any shooting scenario.
- Getting ready to shoot with Nikon D3200 or D3300
- Shooting in scene modes
- Working with the built-in flash
- Focusing with modes or by hand
- Changing ISO
- Using autofocus
- Understanding shutter release modes
- Switching exposure measuring modes
- Shooting video
- Working with optional wireless and GPS add-ons