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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 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 a 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 location like on a really high tripod. Remote controls work 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've 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. The Remote port on your Rebel is over here on the side right next to the other ports. So just open this door, plug it in right there. Even if I'm using a wireless remote, I'll still need to plug something in here because the wireless remote will have a receiver.
That receiver we'll plug in here and usually they sit in the hot shoe. In this case, I've plugged in Canon's simplest remote. This is a very inexpensive wired remote, the Canon RS-60E3. Pretty no frills. I get a Shutter button and that's about it, but it works just like the Shutter button on the camera. I can half-press it to focus and meter, press it the rest of the way to take a shot. As I mentioned, what a remote can be especially useful for is taking longer exposures when you want to be careful of camera shake.
For example, I can go over here to Shutter priority and dial in a longer exposure. Here is a look at, 15-second exposure. That's an instance where I wouldn't necessarily want to be handling the camera because the shutter is going to be open so long I might introduce camera shake as I'm getting my hand to and from the camera, where with the remote I can put it on 15 seconds and just let it fire. In Shutter priority mode, I can go up to 30 seconds. If I want to go longer than that, then I need to use the camera's Bulb mode which I access from Manual mode.
So I'm going to zip over here to Manual mode and start dialing towards the slow end of the shutter speed spectrum. And here is 30 seconds, and when I go past that, I get BULB. In Bulb mode, the shutter stays open as long as I leave the button down. I can push the button, let go. But obviously if I want to do a really long exposure, I may not want to stand here the whole time. So if I push the button and slide upwards, the remote control locks. But I can tell it's open because I see this nice red strip here.
So I can leave the shutter open for hours as long as my battery will last. When I'm done, just slide it back down and the shutter closes. So in addition to these types of long exposure tricks, obviously a remote control is also good for self- portraits or other times when you need to be farther from the camera and still drive it. This particular remote does not have an especially long cord. This one is really just for managing longer shutter speeds. If you want to be farther away from the camera when you trip it, you'll probably want to go with a wireless remote.
You might also want to go with a remote that has some extra features such as an intervalometer which will allow you to do time lapse. Also know that you don't have to buy Canon remotes. There are a lot of third-party remotes that work just as well and cost far less money. So shop around a little bit before you buy a remote.
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