Just bought a camera, now what? The first impulse is to shoot everything – everywhere. The enthusiasm goes down day by day, it is normal. What comes after really matter. Do you still enjoy it, is it still challenging you or the newest toy just become old? If you’re still in the hook and looking to improve yourself, then great news – you have artist blood in your veins.
Feeling the joy
With me it was simple, but not necessary the right way. In the beginning I bought a cheap camera and I started shooting everything. Trying to improve myself, reading a lot, studying other’s photos and slowly climbing to the top of my goals just to see that another climb follows. Looking back I feel I started well… I was refusing to buy new gear until being able to say that I can do more that the old one can offer. And slowly – slowly, from a compact camera to an entry level DSLR, to a professional mirrorless. And now I am feeling the same like in the beginning, this camera is able to deal with such a huge area of tasks that makes me see the next climb. Isn’t that amazing? It is always room for improvement…
Not just the camera, you need more gear
If you want the best quality your camera can offer, then you’ll need more gear to help you with. Because from the moment you choose your subject, trigger the shutter and you got the photo, you’ll be simply using your hands to deal with the camera. Some photos may seem to be taken instantly, but the true is that the aperture will stay open even if for a very short amount of time to capture the light. All this time it will not be study as your hands can not be study. As saying before, help is needed:
- Tripods for holding motionless your camera
- Remote control so you’ll not need to trigger the shutter, no need to touch the camera
- Aditional lighting if required
I will not stay longer on this as you can read more in my previous post about tripods. General idea is that they are needed to keep steady you camera at different heights, tilts and angles. Useful …
Remote control for digital camera
I will start saying that you don’t really need them with the scope to not moving the camera when touching the trigger. Why’s that? Because all cameras have the self timer setting. This allows you to set it to take photo in few seconds, so no need to touch, problem solved. Well … isn’t like that. Going and setting the timer every time when is needed will be overwhelming. Great news – most of the remote controller for camera are really cheap, we’re talking about few cash. And they are not only coming with a simple trigger option, but with lot of options depending on complexity of the remote and, implicit by price. Even the cheaper ones can have the delay option.
Here some examples:
This is a cheap remote control compatible with Sony Alpha Nex
You can buy it from eBay for as low as about 2 dollars, and beside the trigger option it has the option – 2 seconds delay, which can be useful.
This remote – Nikon compatible – is more complex and much more expensive, you can have one from eBay for about £50
According with your needs this one can do single shooting, continuous shooting, delay shooting, bulb shooting, interval shooting, timer shooting, schedule shooting and repeat shooting.
To sum up…
The controller is needed for a perfect picture. Taking the shoot with motionless gear will result in amazing results, so it is a must have.
I hope you found enjoyable my presentation and please comment below if you need advice or you want to add more to this topic.