Ok so here’s the thing…I’ve lost count how many times whilst I’ve been shooting in Manual Mode using Flash either on location or in the studio when by accident I’ve inadvertently knocked the dial on the back of my camera adjusting the shutter speed from its maximum sync speed of 1/250sec up to 1/320sec resulting in a black strip/band appearing on a portion of the photo.
In the scheme of things I guess it’s no big deal as it’s pretty obvious what’s happened but the reason I shoot in Manual is for the consistency of exposure from shot to shot.
So just incase I’m not the only Photographer with what is commonly known in the medical world as ‘Sausage Finger Syndrome‘ (only kidding) here’s a camera tip to put an end to your woes…
*Note: Being a Nikon Shooter this particular tip is relevant to Nikon cameras (in my case the D3) but I’m going to make a wild statement and say that this facility is likely possible in your camera too; just look up ‘Shutter Speed Lock’ or similar in your manual or on the ‘inter web’ and see if it is and how to do it.
Step 1: Press down the ‘L’ Button
Step 2: Whilst pressing down the ‘L’ button, rotate the Main Command Dial until an ‘L’ symbol appears in the viewfinder and the top control panel.
The Shutter Speed will now be locked at whatever you originally set it to and you can see this by the now visible ‘L‘ symbol…
To unlock the shutter speed, simply go through the same process of pressing the ‘L‘ button and at the same time rotating the main command dial until the ‘L‘ icon disappears from the displays.
In addition, here’s what’s written ‘word for word’ in the camera manual…
The ‘L’ button can be used to lock shutter speed at the value selected in Shutter Priority, Auto or Manual exposure mode, or to lock aperture at the value selected in Aperture Priority, Auto and Manual exposure modes. Lock is not available in programmed auto.
So there you have it…a fast, painless, injection free cure for Sausage Finger Syndrome.
Oh, one more thing…if you do happen to know how this can be done in other cameras or brands of camera then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
* UPDATE: My buddy Brian Worley aka Mr Canon has written a great follow up post showing how this can be done on certain models of Canon DSLR’s. You can check it out here [Link]
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