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Remote controls and Bulb mode

From: Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

Video: Remote controls and Bulb mode

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.

Remote controls and Bulb mode

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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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. What is an SLR?
      2m 39s
    3. How to use this course
      1m 53s
  2. 22m 33s
    1. Basic camera anatomy
      2m 39s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 36s
    3. Batteries and media cards
      2m 44s
    4. Powering up
      2m 38s
    5. Menu navigation and factory defaults
      4m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 31s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 7s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 48s
    9. Holding the camera
      2m 29s
  3. 21m 23s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      4m 14s
    2. The viewfinder display
      5m 31s
    3. The LCD screen
      2m 15s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 38s
    5. Lens controls
      1m 17s
    6. Flash in Auto mode
      1m 26s
    7. Image review
      2m 28s
    8. Image playback
      1m 34s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. What Program mode does
      1m 57s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 15s
    3. Metering revisited
      1m 57s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 51s
    5. Program shift
      2m 30s
    6. Image format and size
      4m 21s
    7. Creative Auto mode
      2m 20s
    8. The Info button
      1m 17s
    9. The Quick Control button
      1m 46s
  5. 6m 21s
    1. Manually selecting a focus point
      2m 33s
    2. Focus modes
      1m 19s
    3. Manual focus
      2m 29s
  6. 7m 30s
    1. Auto white balance
      1m 54s
    2. White balance presets
      2m 7s
    3. Manual white balance
      3m 29s
  7. 8m 56s
    1. Drive mode
      3m 16s
    2. The self-timer
      2m 19s
    3. Remote controls and Bulb mode
      3m 21s
  8. 19m 38s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 19s
    2. Exposure lock
      56s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 50s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 11s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 23s
    6. Manual mode
      2m 46s
    7. Auto exposure bracketing
      2m 34s
    8. Auto lighting optimizer
      1m 59s
    9. Peripheral illumination correction
      1m 40s
  9. 18m 0s
    1. Metadata display
      3m 2s
    2. LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Rotation
      1m 4s
    4. Rating images
      1m 43s
    5. Applying creative filters
      2m 6s
    6. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 26s
    7. File numbering options
      2m 51s
    8. Creating folders
      48s
    9. Copyright information
      2m 8s
  10. 4m 55s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image formats
      3m 47s
  11. 6m 34s
    1. Fill flash
      1m 2s
    2. Flash exposure compensation
      1m 52s
    3. Red-eye reduction
      1m 36s
    4. Night Portrait scene mode
      2m 4s
  12. 6m 59s
    1. Picture styles defined
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture style
      1m 38s
    3. Adjusting predefined styles
      2m 20s
    4. Monochrome picture styles
      54s
  13. 13m 53s
    1. Activating Live view
      4m 42s
    2. Focusing in Live view
      5m 31s
    3. Aspect ratio
      1m 35s
    4. Live view's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 12m 55s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 17s
    2. Focusing
      4m 6s
    3. Exposure control
      2m 11s
    4. Movie playback
      1m 21s
  15. 15m 6s
    1. Custom menus
      2m 11s
    2. Custom functions
      1m 31s
    3. Exposure level increments
      1m 0s
    4. ISO expansion
      1m 8s
    5. Long exposure noise reduction
      1m 9s
    6. High ISO speed noise reduction
      1m 46s
    7. Highlight tone priority
      1m 53s
    8. AF-assist beam firing
      56s
    9. Mirror lockup
      1m 17s
    10. Shutter/AE Lock button
      2m 15s
  16. 4m 37s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 4s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      2m 9s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 24s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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