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Nikon P610. I have had this camera for a year now and have

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Nikon P610. I have had this camera for a year now and have come to understand it fairly well. However I am 84 and still love my photography, having started at age 13 with a box browny of the twenties period. With my P610, I want to shoot some shots of the night sky as my son is taking me up to the Flinders Ranges. This will need time exposure shots and I am not sure just what setting to carry this through succesfully. Can you help please?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

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A summary of how-to-do-it, for time exposures, is to put the 'Shutter Speed' into Manual mode, then choose 'Bulb' mode. Which can be set for something above fractions of a second.

Or you can set to the Shutter Speed to 'Time', which means, the shutter opens with one press of the shutter button, and closes with another press of the shutter button. Any interval, but you have to close the shutter with a second press.

Here's the page on the subject of Time Exposure for your Nikon camera type:

If you want star trails, a medium ISO Speed setting, but a long exposure (e.g. with 'Time' setting for Shutter Speed) is OK.

For relatively 'instantaneous' photos that won't show the stars as trails, but rather as relatively point sources, you need a high ISO Speed, and a shorter exposure.

If your camera has a NR (noise-reduction, or anti-shake) feature, a long exposure should use that, of course.

And a tripod helps too, unless you have a stone wall to set the camera upon.

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