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  • #33639

    Lydia Bennett
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    Hey everyone, I have a Nikon D3100 and someone told me that camera does not have the capability for a remote shutter release. Is that true?

    #33642

    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    I think what they were thinking of when they told you that remote releases don’t work with your camera was the wireless remotes. Your camera should have a small 3 pin port to plug in a wired remote though, and that is the way to go for long exposures, time lapses, and delayed capture. The wireless ones work great for self portraits or shooting from a distance.

    #33648

    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    @bennett-family This is the Remote Shutter Release I got only in the canon version and it works really well. The first one I tried it stopped working in about a month. With this one you can plug it directly into your camera or go wireless with the little receiver that goes onto the top of the camera.

    #33650

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    @josiahw – ok, that makes sense

    @elianafranzenburg – that looks awesome!

    So, what types of situations do you like to use the remote shutter release for? I know it’s purpose, I’m just curious when you tend to like to use it.

    It’s something I’d like to get at some point, but I don’t know that I need it right now – I don’t know how much I’d actually use it at this point. So if nothing else, I’ll put it on my “things I’d like to get in the near future” list 🙂

    #33651

    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    @bennett-family Well I use it a lot when I want to be somewhere else, such as holding a reflector or a flashlight and anytime where I don’t want camera shake but don’t want to wait for the timer.

    #33684

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Ok, good to know, Eliana. Thanks.

    #33701

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Once I started using the 2sec timer, I stopped using my remote almost completely. But that’s because I do mostly landscape.

    Like @elianafranzenburg said, I definitely use the remote in situations where I need the shot before 2 seconds go by, like in fireworks or getting just the right placement of waves on the beach.

    I also like to use a wireless remote for portraits. If it’s a group that I’m in, it’s SO much easier to set up the camera, walk over to get in the group, and then start clicking away. No running back and forth with the 10sec timer. 🙂 If I’m NOT in the group, it’s still handy to have the remote so I’m not stuck behind the camera looking through the viewfinder. I can walk around and do thing to make the group smile (like do jumping jacks to get the attention of the kids….) all the while snapping away with the remote in my hand.

    #33703

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Oh, I forgot to mention. This is the remote that has worked well for me: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RHD861S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Just make sure it’s compatible with your camera.

    And this is one that DIDNT work: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P28JQKA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Correct me if I’m wrong, @buddingphotographer, but I think the difference is that the first one uses “RF”, a radio frequency, versus the second one that uses “IR” infrared light. https://blog.1000bulbs.com/home/ir-vs-rf-remotes-whats-the-difference

    #33731

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    If I’m NOT in the group, it’s still handy to have the remote so I’m not stuck behind the camera looking through the viewfinder. I can walk around and do thing to make the group smile (like do jumping jacks to get the attention of the kids….) all the while snapping away with the remote in my hand.

    This is exactly the type of situation I can foresee that I would most be wanting a remote, and although I really haven’t had to do portraits much, I can see family photography coming down the pike for me: I have several potential opportunities in that area. But I think I’ll put it on my “wants, not needs (yet!)” list for now, and then if it does seem like it will make my life easier, I’ll get it at that point.

    #33732

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    Correct me if I’m wrong, buddingphotographer, but I think the difference is that the first one uses “RF”, a radio frequency, versus the second one that uses “IR” infrared light. https://blog.1000bulbs.com/home/ir-vs-rf-remotes-whats-the-difference

    You’re right, @jamesstaddon. 🙂 I mostly find myself using my wireless remote for group portraits, as you said. It’s awful handy to be able to take a shot without having to be at the camera!

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