I've searched google high and low for this and all I get are results trying to sell me camera equipment.

I have a Nikon D60 without the ML-L3 remote control, well I have one but the battery has run out. It's a marvellous star-lit night tonight but I'm damned if I can work out how to open an exposure on my Nikon D60 then close it again after an amount of time that I determine.

I've read the manual again but can't make head or tail of it. I'm an ex-film 35mm Minolta X300 user, I am having problems transitioning to digital.

Can anyone help me with settings? If I get a decent result I promise to post links.


As per mattdm's suggestion I have rotated the mode to M but I am not able to manually control the exposure or work out how to put the camera into "bulb" mode. This is the copy of the manual I'm working from here.

The manual referenced above states:

Shutter remains open while the shutter-release button is held down, and closes when the shutter-release button is released. This option is available when shooting in d mode at a shutter speed of “Bulb” (“bulb” is displayed in the viewfinder) (A44).

I guess my question is....how do I set the shutter speed to "bulb"?

  • Sorry folks, I'm a bit old-school and used to working with my old film 35mm kit, I'm a bit overwhelmed with all these new fancy digital features.
    – Kev
    Dec 17 '13 at 1:39
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    On page 44 it is explained how to change the shutter speed in manual mode: Shutter speed displayed in the viewfinder will change as the command dial is rotated Dec 17 '13 at 1:59
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    This is the command dial by the way. Dec 17 '13 at 2:13
  • @BartArondson - Ok...I finally worked that out, thanks. I hadn't realise it would take quite a few rotations to eventually get to "bulb".
    – Kev
    Dec 17 '13 at 3:32

To set the shutter speed to Bulb, select M mode with the mode dial and then rotate the command dial located in the upper right corner on the back of the camera. Each click of the dial will change the shutter speed 1/3 stop. At one end of the scale will be the camera's maximum shutter speed: 1/4000 second. At the other end of the scale will be Bulb, one click past 30 seconds.

It is fairly clear on page 44 of the D60 User's Manual.

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  • Much appreciated and clear now, I need to spend more time away from mode A.
    – Kev
    Dec 17 '13 at 12:47

This is on page 44 of the manual. You apparently need to have the remote control to do a timed exposure. But, you can do a bulb exposure, where the shutter is held open as long as you manually hold the shutter release, by putting the camera in M mode and changing the shutter to past 30s to bulb.


You can either go to S mode and set the shutter speed to 30'' for 30 seconds of exposure and press the button and leave it or go to M mode and keep hold of the button for a controlled amount of exposure

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    The question is mostly about how using the bulb mode (how do I set the shutter speed to "bulb"?) and the accepted answer already discussed this. You are not bringing new data...
    – Olivier
    Sep 2 '16 at 15:43

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