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  • edited September 2016
    @bumpyprints, to get a long exposure, your best bet is to go to manual mode, where you can set any shutter speed from 1/4000 to 30 seconds (in steps of 1/3 stop, which means three clicks of the wheel to double or halve the time).

    You can also use shutter priority, but in that the meter will try to set the aperture, and may not get exposure right in very long exposures.

    If you're doing a long night time shot, make sure you turn Auto ISO off or the meter will crank the ISO up to max, and ruin your shot with noise. Since you're going to be on a tripod, you can keep your ISO as low as possible, and insure the most noise-free exposure.

    For exposures longer than 30 seconds, you'll need the accessory remote control. Unfortunately, the D3100 does not use the convenient and cheap IR remote that was, for some reason dropped, and reinstituted in the D3200. But the plug in wireless remote will allow the "B" or bulb setting, which opens the shutter for as long as you press the button, to become a proper "T" or time setting, in which one press of the remote opens the shutter and the next closes it. This makes it possible to keep the shutter open for any length of time without jiggling.

    If you cannot find the remote and must go over 30 seconds, the only other way is a bit of a bodge, in which you would cap the lens, set the camera's shutter to B, and use a rubber band and whatever else works, to hold the shutter open by keeping the button down. Once open, you remove the lens cap, and then recap the lens before closing the shutter again. The remote works better!

    e.t.a. you'll almost certainly need to switch to manual focus for night time shots. If you do the rubber band and cap trick, you'll definitely need to use manual focus. In AF mode, the camera is in "focus priority," which means that if it cannot find focus, the shutter will not fire.
  • edited October 2016
    Hi there all of you. I'm Sylleke and I am from The Netherlands. Love this forum and I already learned a lot from it. I have had the Nikon D3100 for almost 3 years now and I love the camera. I have the original lens and the 70-300mm lens, which I prefer. I love to take macro's and portraits. I also take a lot of photo's at our Salsa dancing party's. Everybody loves my photo's, so I must be doing it right then :-)
  • edited February 23
    Hi, I was searching for reviews for a lens I want to buy for my Nikon D3100, and stumbled onto this site. Wow, great site. I look forward to learning about my camera and how to use it. I have the kit lens 18-55mm, a 55-200mm, a Tamron 16-300mm, and I am thinking about purchasing a 50mm f/1.8D prime lens. I'll be buying some cheat sheets as well. Thanks Moose.
  • @decdan, the D lens will not autofocus on any D3xxx or D5xxx body. If you want auto focus you must get an AFS lens. The D will work, and will interact with the meter, but all members of these camera families have no internal focus motor, so AF occurs only with lenses that have their own.
  • @BRUTO, thanks, I am looking at the AFS lens, and the 35mm f/1.8G lens. It's a bit more money though. :)
  • edited February 26
    Glad I found this site. I'm looking forward to learning more about my camera and photography. Hi everyone!
  • Hi, I'd like to learn more about my D3100, I now have a theater kid and need to know how to shoot in a dark setting.
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