Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the self-timer, part of Learning to Shoot with the Nikon D3200 and D3300.
- Most people think of the camera self-timer mode as a way to get themselves into the picture. Like a family portrait. You can set the camera on a tripod, a Platypod Pro, a Gorilla Pod, or a flat surface and compose the shot. Then, press the shutter button and run around to get into the shot yourself. Now, using the menus, you can change the timer's duration so you don't have to run so fast. This is really quite simple to do. Push the release mode button and select the self-timer mode.
Now, mount the camera on a tripod or place it on a stable, level surface. Frame up the shot. There we go. And push the shutter release button half way. And when ready, take the picture. You'll notice that the light begins to flash and you'll hear a beep. As it gets closer to taking the picture, the beep will increase and then eventually stop. And then takes the picture.
Now, the shutter will be released 10 seconds by default after the timer starts. But we can change these delays by going into the menu. Just press the menu button, and go to the set up menu, and navigate to the self-timer choices. There we go. And now, you can change the delay from two seconds, for a very quick picture, all the way up to 20 seconds. You can also adjust the number of shots taken between one and nine.
There we go. You'll notice that with each shot, it keeps beeping and flashing. Now, you'll notice there's about a four second delay between each shot which is great. This is an opportunity to strike a different pose or rearrange things, or make sure that your kids are actually looking at the camera and still smiling. Now, I'll also sometimes use this option to reduce the camera shake. This is particularly useful if I'm shooting in a very low light situation. Maybe a building interior, like an old church. Well, this way, when I press the shutter release, it's going to take a second to stop vibrating.
Sometimes when you manipulate the camera and you push the button, it does add a little bit of vibration. This will vary depending on the quality of your tripod. Here I'm on a large, professional tripod so probably not a lot, but a smaller, portable tripod, or setting the camera on the ledge. Well, the engaging of the shutter can cause a lot of shaking vibration. So giving it a few extra seconds to stabilize, is going to cut down on unwanted shake which leads to softening of the image. The release mode delay can be quite useful to ensure that you get the sharpest photo.
Knowing how your camera works will always help you get the best results. Watch this course to learn how to adjust settings of the D3200 or D3300 for the best exposure and focus in any shooting scenario.
- Getting ready to shoot with Nikon D3200 or D3300
- Shooting in scene modes
- Working with the built-in flash
- Focusing with modes or by hand
- Changing ISO
- Using autofocus
- Understanding shutter release modes
- Switching exposure measuring modes
- Shooting video
- Working with optional wireless and GPS add-ons