Are you ALWAYS behind the camera so you are hardly ever in pictures with the ones you love? Sadly, I think most photographers would say YES! Which is why I now to use my interval timer.
If this describes you then it sounds like it is time for you to get a wireless remote! Before you buy one, check into the features your camera has, though….it might save you some money!
When my wireless remote broke, Sarah Wilkerson with Clickin’ Moms was so sweet to tell me about a camera feauture I had known nothing about! I quickly returned the new remote I had just purchased an hour before & have been using the interval timer ever since. I truly had NO idea the interval timer existed nor did I know it was on both of my camera bodies.
Positives about the interval timer
-No remote to hide in your hand.
-Allows you to be more candid with your images. Carry on with what you are doing while it snaps your picture which allows you to get pictures looking more “in the moment”.
-It’s kind of fun to hurry to your place once you set your camera up.
-Ability to set how many shots will be taken.
-Since you are in such a hurry, you can capture some fun expressions in your little ones face(s).
Positives about the wireless remote:
-Waste less shots because you can take one picture at a time.
-Can be slower about getting ready for shots.
-Don’t have to get up to adjust the camera settings in between each series to get it to start shooting again.
-Allows you to be more deliberate with your shooting.
Both are fun to try! I am perfectly happy with the interval feature though & don’t think I will be purchasing a wireless remote now. I like that it’s fun, spontaneous, quick & candid. I do appreciate the pros to a wireless remote though, too, & know there are definite perks….so basically you just figure out what is for YOU & start featuring yourself in some of your own pictures!
Which cameras have an interval timer?
Lots of camera bodies have this feature! In doing some research it looks like these Nikon lines have the interval timer: Nikon D5000, D7000, D200, D300, D300S, D700, D2, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D3x, then also the newer bodies released this year: D8000, D4, etc.
Although some of the other bodies may not come with this feature already a part of the body, you can still take time lapse photos with cameras that do not contain this feature internally. You will need the software: Camera Control Pro 2 (for Nikon) then you can follow the steps from there to learn more.
Here’s where I need a little help. Being a Nikon shooter, I’m not sure if some Canon bodies have this feature. I have done research on it but keep getting mixed messages so I don’t want to lead you astray! If you have some insight on Canon’s & whether or not they have the interval timer feature, we’d love to hear from you!
How to set up interval timer on a Nikon:
-Go to menu >
-Shooting menu >
-Scroll to the VERY bottom of the menu
-Select the last option “interval timer shooting”
Tips for the interval timer:
-Set the camera up on the tripod or somewhere safe you have chosen.
-Find something to focus on that is in the place you & your subjects will be before you begin your series.
-Start with 5 shots before increasing to more so you can check on whether your settings are good, your focus is sharp, you like your composition/ framing etc. THEN increase your shots to more.
-Sometimes I take up to 15, 20 or 30 shots X 9 rounds at a time which seems like a lot but I try to be as natural as possible while the camera shoots off sporadically to capture some candid shots.
-Give yourself 10 seconds to get in place…I sometimes count out loud to keep track of how much time I have left! Usually 10-20 seconds in between intervals/ sets.
-It is set in days/ hours/ minutes…so 10 looks like 10″ then you set the number of intervals.
-You can also set the start time by the clock instead of seconds (which I have never done). Just make sure your camera’s clock is set accurately.
The images I posted are by no means a work of art but they show you how much fun I have had using this feature & that it has gotten me in some pictures with my little guy (finally)! The first one was taken with the wireless remote. ALL other images were taken with the interval timer feature.
Have YOU used either a wireless remote or the interval timer system? Which do you like better?