8 BENEFITS OF USING A WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL BOX
Shooting with the help of a wireless remote control significantly enhances the capabilities of the photographer, brings much more flexibility to the work. Touching the camera directly is sometimes not practical or even impossible. In addition, simply pressing the shutter button with your hand can cause vibration and camera shake, which will noticeably degrade the image quality.
The ability to use the camera while at a distance, has many advantages. You can use the cable, of course, but you will still be limited by its length (and add more security problems), although this is a budget option. But still, no one wants to stumble over a cable and pull a tripod and a camera for it, but in the end you should break everything.
Wireless remote controls are a more expensive option, but they provide much more freedom in the process. A Stacey Hill photographer is always happy to share his experience of using them (and not using them too). Let’s see what the master offers.
Top view with a module connected to the camera port
When working with a very shallow depth of field, as in macro photography, for example, you need to fine-tune the focus point to get a clear image. The slightest vibration can affect the accuracy of focusing.
During such shooting, you should make sure that you are sitting at some distance from the tripod in a stable position and grounded. Sometimes you can even hold your breath.
Live View. The wireless remote control is located on the surface where the subject is located, ready for operation
Two changes you can make to the macro workflow that significantly affect the increase in the number of sharp shots. First is the use of the wireless remote. And secondly – shooting in Live View mode with an enlarged image.
This will allow you to focus very precisely, sometimes on cars, and sometimes on manual focus. Then use the remote control to get rid of the vibration. Why is this possible? First, without touching the camera shutter, you do not get any extra movement. And secondly, when shooting in Live View mode, when the lens starts to work, it moves to the minimum value. When you hold down the remote control button halfway, it connects the lens, and everything moves lightly, and then held until the remote control button is fully pressed and the picture is taken.
This method has reduced the number of shots taken to obtain a clear image, up to 3-5, and the level of sharpness is about 50%. Previously, it was possible to take more than 20 shots, but none of them were finally in focus.
The subject is being prepared, the camera is set to Live View for precise focusing, and the wireless remote control is within reach to take a snapshot.
The remote allows you to shoot using the time delay, which is very important for shooting self-portrait. You click on it to start the timer, and then throw the remote out of the frame, but within easy reach, to continue experimenting with various postures and angles.
It can also be convenient for any portrait pictures of pets or children, when you may need to use your hands to get their attention and direct their gaze to the camera. If you have a remote control, you can allow yourself to move away from the camera in order to correct a haircut or, say, a dress or veil for a wedding falls.
Many cameras shoot only up to 30 seconds in Bulb mode, and therefore the photographer must either hold the shutter manually or use the remote control (cable or wireless). Ideally, avoid touching the camera to avoid shaking. The remote control allows you to hold the shutter manually open as long as necessary. Or as long as you are ready to hold the button (some remote controls will calculate the time of the photo for the photographer or they have a lock button so that you do not have to hold the trigger yourself).
Long exposure shot, shot in full moon light. See the shadow of the photographer in the lower left corner? It was so dark that he did not see it in the pictures from the camera. The console would allow to go beyond the frame, without changing the composition
Perhaps you are in the shelter or near the perch, when the camera is fully focused and ready to take a picture, but the animals remain aside. Obviously, being able to move away from the camera and minimize the presence of a person nearby can help get the right picture in this situation. Perhaps the photographer is simply not safe to even be in this position.