I was walking along the other day when a friend walked by while walking his pair of dogs.
We started discussing how depressed the area is for work, and then moved onto a discussion about photography.
He was complaining how his camera was difficult to deal with when using the manual settings. I was complaining about how my new camera is so automated there are some adjustments I can't make, and explained how that was frustrating.
We then discussed some thoughts about how to make better night shots of particular subjects. He was interested in getting a better shot of his house, I am interested in getting my first shot of the Milky Way.
And I mentioned how I have my camera on a tripod, but neither camera I have allows me to use a device called a plunger. A plunger was a kind of cable with a screw on one end that allows you to attach it to the shutter release and, when you press the cable at one end, it triggers the shutter release with a minimum amount of disturbance to the camera, allowing you to take a long exposure shot and not have any blurring take place.
While discussing this I also mentioned to him that he use a higher ISO setting on his camera, which allows for a better night shot in some cases.
He replied to my comment about a plunger that I should use the self timer release function.
I have yet to try this.
I will keep you posted.