I hope you had a nice weekend? Did any of you take any great photos you are interested in sharing? :)
Recently I was asked by a contact of mine on Facebook if I could give a little more information about the remote control I use and how i set up and focus when taking self portraits. I answered her question but since most of you are not necessarily connected with my private Facebook account, I thought it is a good theme for my next blog post. Today, I will cover my experience with remote controls and tomorrow I will explain to you how to focus when taking self portraits.
With regard to remote controls, I can only let you know about my experience with ones that work with Nikon since I shoot with a Nikon DSLR. I am sure there are similar ones that work with Canon though - in the case of my current remote there is a version for Canon as well.
For the first two years, I used this Nikon remote. As you can see it is small, rather cheap and comes with a little bag that you can also attach to your camera strap. If you take a self portrait, you can quickly hide it (I normally stuffed it in my pocket or bra or down my dress). You can also drop it if you are shooting on soft ground but I often had a problem finding it again afterwards because it is really not very big. Actually, I had a thing about misplacing this particular remote several times in my apartment... I always liked working with this remote BUT I found it a bit limiting after a while because the range for triggering the shutter is only 5 metres and I found that you have to really stand in front of the camera in order for it to work. Once your angle is not straight or you are not at least pointing straight towards the camera, it often would not work for me.
For the last two years I have used the Hähnel Combi TF Remote Control. I can whole-heartedly recommend this one, I have been more than happy with it. This wireless remote is available for Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Panasonic cameras. It is a different approach than a remote control like the one I had before because you have two pieces. One that you attach to the top of your camera in the hot shoe and connect with the camera via a cable, and one that you then hold in your hand. The range for this remote control is up to 100m which can be incredibly handy!
You can take one or several photos in a row if you push down the shutter button of the remote control, or alternatively (and this is what I often do) you can push down the shutter button for 2 seconds and then let go - the remote control then switches to a continuous shooting mode and you can put it away and keep shooting until you are satisfied with your pose or whatever you are doing. Once you are done, you just have to push the button again and the camera stops taking photos. There is also a 4-second timer delay although I have never used this function. It is harder to hide than the smaller Nikon remote but since you get switch it to continuous shooting mode, it is really not a problem to put it away quickly.
The advantage with this particular remote is that not only can you use it as a wireless remote control but also as a remote flash trigger! I have used it for both purposes several times and it works perfectly. Yes, it is quite a bit more expensive than the Nikon remote but I have never regretted buying this particular one.
I hope this helped you guys, feel free to ask if you have any questions! And don't forget to come back tomorrow for my blog post about how to focus properly when taking self portraits! :)
All the best,