How To Use Your Camera’s Self Timer Successfully

Written by Gina Stephens

The self-timer aspect is something which is available on most camera models and it's a shutter delay that when activated, stops the shutter from enthusiasm and taking the picture when the shutter button or release is pressed for a designated amount of time. This delay is useful for a number of thinks which are listed below. 


Close-Up Work

The other advantage of having a timer is to save you having to use a cable release when the camera is mounted on a tripod or be lodged on a secure base. You set the timer and the delay means there's no hand contact that could potentially cause camera shake when the cut off is pressed. The 10-second delay is not really necessary for this, so that's where the shorter delays come in handy.


Photo by David Pritchard. 


Self Files And Group Shots

The idea is you can take self-portraits without having to be seen stretched out as you fire the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or at arms' length. All you do is activate the on occasion, press the shutter release and move in-front of the camera, strike a pose – all within the timer's limit – and then you'll be the focus of your photo.

It can also be acquainted with to ensure you're in a family or group shot. You can arrange a small or larger group of people and allow space for yourself, activate the timer and transfer into shot. This saves you having to give the camera to the waiter or tourist to take the photo, preventing an embarrassment or even potential stealing!

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Low Light Photography 

As with close-up work, your camera's self-timer can be used to reduce the chances of camera shaking spoiling your shots when working in low light. At this time of year, your self-timer will be useful in dark woodland where you may be photographing close-ups of fungi. Again, you won't exigency a really long delay, a couple of seconds will be fine. 


Photo by Peter Bargh. 


Check Your Concentrate

There are a few things to do to help improve your photos when using the self-timer. The first is ensuring accurate focus. If you're doing a self file you won't be in the photo when you press the shutter and as a result, the picture could end up blurry as the camera could lock focus on the background. One way around this is to drift the camera at something that is at the same distance that you will be when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S the photo is taken. Press the shutter release and recompose before unceasing in front of the camera. In a group shot this is easy – make sure you either focus on a person to the side, if you're going to be in the centre, or focus on the focal point person and join the group at the edge.


Check The Edges Of The Frame

The other thing to avoid is a table edge being in the frame when you are fetching a group shot in a restaurant or bar and decide to use a nearby table as support. The camera, when set to wide-angle, may pick up an edge of the support. Move the camera so it's satisfactorily at the edge of the table, making sure it's balanced well and cannot fall off!

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Another problem you may be faced with when resting the camera on a unexciting surface is that the height may not be right when you look through the viewfinder and often the heads or feet of your group will be cut off. If this chances, try and angle the camera so all of your group is in shot.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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