I’ve been learning how to use my Nikon D70, a gift from my mom after she upgraded her camera. But the other day I was trying (and failing) to figure out the automatic timer so that we could take a *quick* family photo together. Lets just say that with an impatient husband who was starving and ready for dinner, on top of a fidgety baby, it wasn’t happening. What I needed was a remote that could take several photos, one after the other, exactly when I needed it to.
Amazon Basics makes two wireless remotes, one for Canon DSLRs and one for Nikon DSLRs. The best part? This baby was whopping, wait for it…$8.49. Plus as an Amazon Prime member, you get free two day shipping or you can pay $3.99 to get it next day.
In comparison, Nikon’s version is twice the price at $17.95 (but also prime eligible).
So the Amazon Basic’s remote arrived in the mail today. It comes with a little velvet pouch carrying case, and is incredibly simple to set up. I even read the directions three times thinking “wait, that can’t be it…”
To Set Up:
- Remove the plastic tab from the bottom of the remote.
- Turn on your camera.
- Either mount it on a tripod, or place it on a flat, stable surface.
- Press the shooting mode button on your camera. Each model is a little different on button placement, but it should look like three little boxes, one on top of the other. Mine is on the top left hand side of the back panel.
5. Scroll the main command dial (mine is on the top, right hand corner)
until you see the little remote icon on your control panel (mine is on the top of my camera, on the right).
This is telling your camera that you want to use a remote. This is all you need to do for the remote to work! Easy peasy, yeah?
6. Now, set up the camera so that it’s framing what you want to take the photo of. If you’re taking a group photo, join your group. Click the remote (being sure that it’s pointing towards the camera), and you’re done!
Remember: you will need to tell your camera you’re using a remote (like we did above) every time you turn on the camera. So if for some reason you turn the camera off to save on battery life, you’ll need to follow these steps again when you turn it back on.
Here’s a list of great ways to use a remote:
- Including yourself in the photo. Works great for self portraits or group photos.
- If you tend to shake or tremble when holding the camera.
- Long exposure photos (think of those amazing waterfall photos were the water looks smooth and elegant). You need to hold absolutely perfectly still, and even with a tripod, you may tremble just the tiniest amount when pressing the shutter button.
Trust me, if you use your DSLR camera often, you won’t regret spending >$9 on this gadget!