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Help with "B" setting

I am currently doing a light painting project for my photo class. I want to be able to keep the shutter open for as long as I want. I put the setting on "B" like all of the mauals tell me to but when I push the shutter release button the shutter closes. Please help!

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You press the shutter once and that opens the shutter (you do your light painting) then you press the shutter a second time to close the shutter.

When you press the shutter the first time and look in the view finder it will be dark . this is because the mirror has locked its self up while doing the exposure (this is normal) Once you click the shutter a second time the mirror will flop down and you will be able to see threw the viewfinder again.

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