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How to do long exposure with ML-L3 remote

Steve6344

Aventura, US
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Steve6344 Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Jul 2012
Wed 07-Nov-12 11:21 PM

I would like to do a 2 minute exposure using the remote. I am not sure of the sequence of steps to accomplish this.

I believe I need to be in Manual mode. I am not sure of how to set the speed so that the shutter says open.

I know I should use long exposure noise reduction, a neutral density filter and cover the viewfinder.

I hope to get some tips on how to do this or possibly a link to an existing tutorial.

I am planning to buy one 10 stop ND filter (B+W). Does that seem like a good idea?

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dm1dave

Lowden, US
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Wed 07-Nov-12 10:42 PM

Hi Steve,

You are correct you need to shoot in M mode.

Then set the shutter speed to Time indicated by -- in the LCD. You start the exposure by pressing the button on the remote and the exposure ends on the next push of the remote button.
See the manual page 73 for Long Time Exposures.

I hope this helps.

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Tucsonmr2

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Tucsonmr2 Registered since 08th Nov 2012
Thu 08-Nov-12 08:03 PM

Dont forget to set the camera to remote mode on the dial, if you havent already done it.

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dm1dave

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Thu 08-Nov-12 08:06 PM

Thank you Steve

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Remooc

Newquay, Cornwall, UK
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#4. "RE: How to do long exposure with ML-L3 remote" | In response to Reply # 3

Remooc Registered since 25th Sep 2012
Wed 14-Nov-12 09:39 AM

Hi Steve, you can also set the Remote control mode in the shooting menu to 3 options of which a good option is to use remote mirror up. Press remote once to raise the mirror, again to open the shutter and a third time to close the shutter. This is to prevent blur due the the mirror mechanism moving. Depending on the quality of your tripod it is best to leave a second or two between the first and second button presses to stop any vibrations from the mirror mechanism. See page 80 of the manual for more info of this and the other remote modes.

Martin

gbowen

Canton, US
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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Wed 14-Nov-12 06:05 PM

>I would like to do a 2 minute exposure using the remote. I am
>not sure of the sequence of steps to accomplish this.
>
>I believe I need to be in Manual mode. I am not sure of how to
>set the speed so that the shutter says open.

For an exposure of that length you set the shutter to B or bulb.
>
>I know I should use long exposure noise reduction, a neutral
>density filter and cover the viewfinder.

If you are shooting manual mode, I see no need to cover the viewfinder during the exposure. That only applies if you are using some form of auto exposure where the meter is fooled by light coming in the viewfinder.

>
>I hope to get some tips on how to do this or possibly a link
>to an existing tutorial.
>
>I am planning to buy one 10 stop ND filter (B+W). Does that
>seem like a good idea?

It depends on what you are shooting and what you hope to accomplish. Are you trying to blur water?

George

G