Are you having troubles in the bulb mode of your camera without a release holder, resulting in blurry photos caused by your hands shaking in looong exposures? Well, I am giving a super easy tip for this case over the Smena 8M, Lubitel 2, and LC-A examples, including just a little adhesive tack-in. So, read up!
Well, if you are exposing for 1 second or more, your hands will not be the best tools to hold your camera. Instead, you will need something sturdy, like a tripod or the ground, to put your camera on while still aiming for the subject. Nevertheless, while you keep pressing the release button, you will get the same results. In this point, dear Lomographer friends, I use a little tack-in adhesive, the thing we use for our posters and lomowalls. Just make a pile as big as the tip of your index finger.
Second step will be easy as well. First, adjust your camera to “Bulb Mode.”
Just spread the adhesive over the release button of your camera, and then press until holds the release. It is easiest in Smena 8M, but may get tricky in Lubitel. If it is not working, apply more adhesive, rub it more, press more. In my Lubitel 2, it required a little more power and adjustment until it keeps it.
Great news, this trick works for the LC-A as well! First step will be adjusting your LC-A to the “A” (automatic) mode, and picking a little bit of adhesive to form the pile, and applying it on the tiny transparent plastic just above the “ASA” panel. It will block the light goes in to the light-meter and keep the aperture open as you press the release button. You just tricked your LC-A to the Bulb Mode, congratulations! Then, apply more adhesive that we used in Smena 8M as LC-A’s release button is harder to reach and slippery. Pressing more works well, too.
Now, the techical details. As you pressed the adhesive to the camera in the first second of the exposure, your camera has shaken a little bit. In this point, I strongly recommend slow aperture speeds as 16 or 11 f, and/or a slower ASA speed as 50 or 100 ASA. It will require longer exposure, about 5 to 10 seconds in sunny conditions and more than 30 seconds at night; thus, your first push will mean nothing for the exposure and you will have enough time to place it on the ground or the tripod. Just saying, expose longer and you will get sharp results.
Thank you for reading guys. Try a little astro-photography with this tip, I am really curious about the results.