Often times in professional photography, with endless creative possibilities we tend to encounter many obstacles in our attempt to achieve them. One of the most notable obstacles being the simple fact that we have to be behind the camera, not having the ability to move from that position for a long time period, not to mention situations in which a self-portrait would be great, without being a selfie. situations like this lead us to consider the need to implement accessories such as a remote shutter release, kind of like a “remote control camera”.
The remote shutter release was intended for those situations in which we would like to be able to capture images without having to physically be behind the camera. These accessories once came in the form of an attached cable (tethering), however, currently, the advances in digital photography give us the convenience of wireless shutter release devices, allowing us to unleash our potential as creative photographers. I invite you to discover this list of the 11 best products!
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While most digital photographers today focus on capturing landscape scenes during their travels or getting warm memories of family and friends, there are professionals or dedicated amateurs in the field who highly appreciate the work crafted in detail; where even the slightest movement can influence the outcome of the final picture.
In the case of seeking to eliminate even the slightest movement by vibration when working with long shutter speed values, there is really no other way to perform such a procedure without the use of a shutter release remote, either a wired or wireless model, since the mere fact of pressing the shutter button of the camera can produce unwanted vibrations that affect the final image. Of course, for the most optimal result, it is even more effective when paired with a quality tripod. The truth is that the shutter release remote opens up more doors to an even wider range of creative alternatives to explore.
Here comes one of the most disputed questions on this issue: it is necessary that our shutter release is physically linked to the camera or will a wireless model work just as well?
Certainly, both products have their advantages and disadvantages: for example, wireless products will allow greater freedom when capturing photographs; however, the battery, which is required to operate them may have a short life during continuous usage, which would mean bringing along a charger. Also, some wireless versions may be affected by interference from other electronic devices. On the other hand, although the tethered devices will not have these drawbacks, they do offer a limited radius of action, as at the same time we have to think about how to hide the device and cable to not be captured in the scene when photographing.
The tethered devices are usually considerably cheaper than the untethered, as at the same time requiring less time spent on learning how to use them.
Without a doubt! For astrophotography, especially at the moment of capturing star trails or similar effects, a remote shutter camera is a necessity, given the maximum precision required, without any movement. The other is in the case of Long Exposure photography, or what is also known as Bulb Mode, where the shutter stays open as long as you keep the shutter release button pressed. Examples of photographs taken in Long Exposure mode can be coastal scenes, rivers, waterfalls or to capture light trails in urban areas.
Wildlife photography is another example. A remote shutter release is perfect for shooting all the adorable critters in the wild.
A remote shutter release is another useful camera accessory for shooting wildlife. When working with long shutter speeds a remote shutter release is just a must, because while pressing the trigger of your camera it might cause camera shake during the exposure and working with a shutter release will exactly avoid that.
Remote shutter releases are usually affordable, as they only cost between $5 and $20. There are standard remote shutter releases and also wireless ones which are a bit more expensive, the wireless remote controls have an attachment that you can mount on your camera which is connected wireless to a remote.
Especially for wildlife photography, a wireless remote shutter release can be really useful when shooting timid wild animals with a wide angle lens, as you can comfortlessly stay in the background and just press the release button. Compared to a standard remote shutter release the wireless ones do need batteries in order to run, so always be sure to bring along fully charged batteries.
Before setting up your camera gear just mind to get at the same level as the animal to create an interesting and eye-catching perspective. Being at eye level with the animals allows the viewer to get in their fascinating world. Furthermore be sure to be familiar with several image composition rules in order to show eye-catching images, there are some guidelines which may be useful if you want to achieve a well-composed image. Also be sure to buy a lens which has an inbuilt image stabilizer, it will help to produce shake-free images.
Camera Body: Canon 60D, Lens: Canon 300mm, Shutter Speed: 1/500, Aperture: f 2.8, Focal Length: 300 mm, ISO Speed: 400
If you want to take some really great wide angle shots of wild animals the Pixel TW-283/DC0 wireless shutter release will do the job! Besides simple single shooting, the Pixel TW-283/DC0 wireless shutter release also allows continuous shooting, BULB shooting, delay shooting and timer schedule shooting. It will also be able to control different brand’s cameras and models, you just have to change the camera connecting the cable. Another great thing about the Pixel TW-283/DC0 wireless shutter release is that it allows you to shoot images from a really great distance (80 meters), which is really beneficial when shooting wild animals.
Camera Body: Canon 60D, Lens: Canon 400, Shutter Speed: 1/2000, Aperture: f 5.6, Focal Length: 400mm, ISO Speed: 800
Another great wireless remote control is the Canon RC-6, which I personally own. I can really recommend this remote shutter release, it costs about $20 and has a really great range, as you will still be able to take shots 16 feet away from your camera.
If you prefer a wired remote shutter release then I would recommend the Canon RS-60 E3. If you want to save a bit of money, watch out for the Progo Wired Remote Shutter Release Control RS-60E3, which costs about $9 and is really easy to use. You just plug it into your camera and you are good to go, you don’t even need batteries.
Camera Body: Canon 60D, Lens: Canon 100-400, Shutter Speed: 1/500, Aperture: f 5.6, Focal Length: 360 mm, ISO Speed: 400
Always check for compatibility before buying a remote shutter release, as different camera models have different plug-in requirements.
A remote shutter release is an inexpensive tool that allows you to improve the quality of your shots immediately.
Camera Body: Canon 7D, Lens: Canon 200, Shutter Speed: 1/500, Aperture: f 2.8, Focal Length: 200 mm, ISO Speed: 400
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