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This course details the features, controls, and options in the Nikon D7000 camera. Author Ben Long provides an overview of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and reviews the Nikon D7000 camera's components and basics of operation, including changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in Auto mode, and reviewing and managing photos on the camera's LCD screen. The course also covers white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, and shooting HD video, and includes a chapter on sensor and camera maintenance.
A remote control is a must-have for certain types of shooting. With remote control you can keep your hands off of your 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 lets you maintain better rapport with your subject. A wireless remote control or remote control with a really 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 each location like on a really high tripod. Remote controls were great in conjunction with bulb mode.
In bulb mode as long as you hold the shutter button down the shutter will stay open. So again, this is a great way for shooting long exposures, because you got your remote control to keep your hands off the camera and the shutter will just stay open as long as you hold that button down. Remote controls are very easy to connect. This is the ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control. it's one of several remote controls you can get for your D7000. It's small and light. It doesn't cost very much. It's kind of no-frills. It's really just a remote shutter button, but it's wireless switch is nice.
It's got decent range. To use it, you have to put your camera into it's Remote Control Release Mode which is right here. Now there are a few different ways that you can customize the remote control. If I go into the menu here in my SHOOTING MENU, I've got Remote control mode. I can go into there and I see three options Delayed remote which means after I press the shutter button it will be a two second delay before it fires, or Quick-response remote which will cause it to just shoot as soon as I press the button, and Remote mirror-up which we'll look at in a minute.
I'm going to put it on Quick- response remote and now all I have to do is press the button on the remote and the camera fires and it trips the shutter pretty much immediately. The rest of the process is just like it would be. If I was using the actual Shutter button to all of my autofocus, all of my metering all of the controls on my camera continue to work the same way as just I can trigger them from long-distance. One of the reasons you might choose to use a remote is to get your hands off the camera to reduce camera shake during long exposures.
I am going to put my camera over here into shutter priority mode, so I can get some control of shutter speed. So I can dial in increasingly long shutter speeds here up to 30 seconds that's as far as the D7000 can go. If I switch to manual mode though I get another option and that is to go past 30 seconds into this. I don't see a time there this is called time mode and when I'm working with the wireless remote in this mode with while your shutter speed set to time the shutter button becomes a toggle.
I press it and the shutter opens I can now wait as long as I want and then press it again to close the shutter. Now if I'm working with a wired remote instead of seeing this I would see the word bulb and the way that works with a wired remote is as long as I hold the shutter button down the shutter will stay open and most wired remotes have a lock, so that you don't actually have to stay in there and hold the shutter. So for extremely low light photography anytime when you want longer than 30 seconds you'll be using this mode.
To further reduce camera shake, you might want to go into mirror-up mode. You've seen how when I press a button that mirror inside my camera goes up and down. Well, I can create a little bit of vibration. In mirror-up mode I can isolate the mirror move from my actual exposure. Now since I've gone out of remote control mode note that this is changed to bulb mode, so my Shutter button is my going to work in bulb mode. Watch what happens I'm going to press the Shutter button once. That was the sound of the mirror going up.
Now I can press it again the shutter just opened and because I'm in bulb mode it will stay open as long as I hold the button down. I want to let go now and the shutter closed and the mirror came back down. So you wouldn't normally use the shutter release for that, you would normally want to use the remote control. Well I'm no longer in my remote control mode so that's not going to work. I'm going to change my Release Mode back to remote control. I'll go back in here into my menu and into my Remote control mode option and change to Remote mirror-up, hit OK.
And notice I'm still in my Time mode up here. So now I'm going to press the Shutter button on the remote control once. That just raised the mirror. Now I'm going to press it again to open the shutter and because I'm in Time mode, it just opens it doesn't close. Now I can press it again and it closes. So again that's a way that I can reduce camera vibration even further by taking that mirror movement out of my process. When you're working remotely like this, this means your face is not going to be up against the viewfinder and that means light can actually get in there.
So actually when I'm doing these kind of remote exposures I want the viewfinder covered up here. On your strap that came with the camera you'll find a little cover that you can remove this and slip the cover on there and take care of that problem. So remote controls are a great way of doing self-portraits and simply to get your hand off the camera and this is not just about long exposure photography and maybe you're on a tripod doing product shots or portraits, having a remote control can really help you reduce camera vibration in those circumstances also.
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