As a long exposure photographer, my camera considerations are usually related to image quality and noise performance. I tend to discount the “lesser” cameras based on those points. However, one new (ish) feature in mirrorless cameras, called Live Bulb mode, has got me caught in two minds. Long exposure photographers tend to shoot on bulb mode most of the time since our exposure times are so long (in the minutes rather than seconds). What Live Bulb mode does is it shows you what the image looks like as it’s shooting. That blows my mind! It means photographers can now watch the image, live, as it’s forming, and stop the exposure as soon as it looks right. No more uncertainty on what you’re going to get at the end of the exposure!Now, I did say I’m caught in two minds because, even though there’s huge potential here, I actually kind of like the uncertainty. There’s something quite exciting about waiting to see what comes out of a long exposure. It forces you to slow down and to be patient. In today’s world of instant gratification, there’s something quite refreshing about that. I guess the bottom line is, it’s just another tool and if it helps you produce better art, then why the hell not.

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