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My tip for the week – the self timer

Close up of self timer symbol on Nikon D7000

Close up of the self timer symbol on my Nikon D7000
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Mmmh…. Should have mentioned this with my tripod story really. If you don’t happen to have a remote release to hand there is another option and it’s already built into your camera. It’s the self timer ! You may well have used it to include yourself in a family group photo, you know everyone posing on the beach while on holiday. Just think about what you did, you let the camera take the picture by itself, fantastic.

If you use the self timer, they can usually be set to either 2 or 10 seconds, I generally prefer 10, it means you can press the shutter button, take your hands off the camera, the camera will ‘settle down’ from you pressing on the shutter and hey presto no camera shake. It makes sense doesn’t it ? Simple.

Here’s an extra little bit of information, make sure if you are going to shoot a very close up picture of an object be sure to clean the item before you do. As you can see from the picture above it’s worth the effort.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 handheld, 1/8th of a second at f1.4, the ASA was 200 using available light.