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A remote control is a must have for certain types of shooting. With a remote control, you can keep your hands off of the camera to reduce camera shake during long exposures. In a portrait shoot, a remote control can keep you from having to go behind the camera, which allows you to maintain better rapport with your subject. A wireless remote control, or a remote control with a very long cord can make self portraits much easier. Remote controls are also great for times when you've placed your camera in a difficult to reach location, on a very high tripod, say.
Connecting a remote to your camera is very easy. I have here one of Canon's wired remotes. This is one of the fancier remotes. In addition to a locking shutter button, it also has an intervalometer in it, which is what I can use to take time lapse. The intervalometer will control the camera, and shoot shots at regular intervals, which can then be stitched into a time lapse movie. They make simpler remote controls. There are also the third-party remote controls that have these features, that typically cost a lot less than Canon's remotes. There are also wireless remote controls. One thing that all of these remote controls have in common is that they all have to be plugged into the side of the camera.
The remote control port on the Mark III is over here on the left side of the camera, if you're facing the rear of the camera. There are two doors over here, and you can see there is a little remote control icon right here, so I want to get this door open. It's just a piece of rubber that's hinged at the top, so if you just grab there, and peel it up, you can get it open. Be careful; it's only connected by that thin piece of rubber right there, so you don't want to tear that off. That's the remote control port right there, down at the very bottom. The connector only goes in the right way. It's got three little pins in it, and most of the Canon connecters go in with the cord facing forward, so I'm just going to put that in there, and push, and now that's locked in; it can't come out, and I can just leave the door hanging like that.
Wireless remote controls will also have a part that needs to plug in here. On a wireless remote, you typically have a receiver, which sits in the camera's hot shoe, and connects via wire down to here. And then you have a little transmitter that you take with you, and that's your shutter button. To get the remote control out, all I do is pull real hard, and it just pops out, and then I can mash all of this back down. So with it plugged in, I'm ready to go for any of the types of shooting where I want my hands off the camera.
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