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while the act of getting in front of your camera may seem daunting, using a remote to take self portraits with your dslr just made it effortless. gone are the days of running back and forth between your pose and your camera. instead of spending time and tiring yourself running back and forth, you can spend more time in front of the camera and, therefore, get more images. and the best thing about using a remote to take self portraits is…it’s so affordable. you can buy your own remote from anywhere to about $10-$30 which, in the world of photography, that price is a breath of fresh air.
don’t have a remote? check out how you can take self portraits using a self-timer.
Using A Remote To Take Self Portraits With A DSLR
Equipment You Will Need
a camera : i use a nikon d750
a remote : i use the ML-L3 nikon remote
a tripod or flat surface : i use an oben tripod
to be successful with using a remote to take self portraits, following these simple steps. you may need to consult your camera manual to determine how to set up your wireless remote, but here is how to do it on the nikon d750:
- on the back of your camera, press the “i” button in the lower left corner
- scroll down to “remote control mode (ML-L3), and press okay
- scroll to “2s delayed remote” and press okay. (this allows you 2 seconds after you press the remote button for the picture to be taken, allowing you time to hide the remote from view)
- put yourself into position and point the remote at your camera to activate the shutter
to ensure that your photo is in focus, choose an appropriate aperture such as f/2.8 or higher and try focusing on an area that you will be in before getting in the frame. in this series of self portraits, i placed my focal point on the arm of the chair and use my sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.
getting in the frame can be a little tricky, as you are relinquishing control when you aren’t behind the camera. but using a remote to take self portraits really simplifies the process, making it easy and even enjoyable. plus, you won’t miss having to run back and forth to your camera!
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