Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding manual aperture control in bulb mode, part of Lens-Reversal Macro Photography.
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If you're working with your lens reversed and you don't have a Depth of Field Preview button …on your camera, it's still possible to manually control the aperture as long as you have a bulb setting.…Now on my camera, Bulb is an actual mode. It's right next to Manual mode.…I'm just going to switch over there right now.…If your camera doesn't have a dedicated Bulb mode, it still might have a Bulb feature and…you'll find it when you go into either Manual or Shutter Priority mode and search through…the list of shutter speeds.…
At one end or the other, you might find a Bulb setting.…It'll either be called Bulb or just B.…When you're set for Bulb, as long as you hold the Shutter button down, the shutter stays…open and the iris stays closed to your chosen setting.…When you let go, the shutter closes and the iris opens back up.…So I'm going to dial in an aperture that I want.…I'm going to dial into F16.…No other settings matter because I'm not really going to take a picture.…I am going to take a picture, but it's not a picture I care about.…
In this course, photographer Ben Long details the tools and techniques of lens-reversal macro photography. After investigating reversal ring options, the course explores the focusing and exposure techniques involved when shooting with a reversed lens.