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Self-timer
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Self-timer
Techniques Glossary Self-timer
A mechanical or electronic feature that delays the camera shutter from firing so the user can step into the picture.

Just as your self-timer can help you with macro photography, it can also help in low light situations. Instead of using a cable or remote release with longer exposures, try using that two-second timer setting instead.

Self-timer
Self-timer is a timing device in which the camera releases the shutter after a given interval; thus allowing the photographer to step away from the camera while the photo is taken.
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SELF-TIMER - Mechanism that can be set to automatically release the shutter following a timed delay, usually covering a delay range of up to 10 seconds.

Self-Timer & Remote Controller
Another feature that you want your digital camera to have is a self-timer or, ideally, a remote controller. The purpose is to allow you to depress the shutter release button without introducing camera shake.

Self-timer 10-sec delay

Camera pauses 10 seconds before taking shot. Countdown is displayed on the top LCD.
Self-timer 2-sec delay

Camera pauses 2 seconds before taking shot. Countdown is displayed on the top LCD.

Self-Timer
2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval)
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Self-timer mode: A setting in which the camera delays taking a picture by a specified interval after you touch the shutter button.
Sharpness: The degree to which clear, distinguishable details of the subject are rendered in a photographic negative or print.

Self-Timer: Used to delay the shutter after release, usually between 5 and 10 seconds. Allows photographer to be in the frame or to limit chance of shaking when pressing shutter. Also useful for minimising vibrations when taking long-exposure photos, eg.

Self-timer. Mechanism that delays the opening of the shutter for some seconds after the release has been operated.
Sensitivity. A measure of the degree of response of a film or sensor to light, measured in digital cameras using ISO ratings.

Self-Timer
If you have forgotten to bring your cable release or your compact camera doesn't allow its use, use the self-timer. All cameras, including compacts, have this feature.

Self-Timer/Remote Control
Self-timers allow you to get in the picture. You just start the timer and run like hell. Wireless remote controls allow you to retain your dignity. You just get in the picture area and then click a button on the remote to take your picture.

Self-timers rock. I love my self-timer. Find a stool or table to place your camera on, and run into the shot. It's fun to jump or pull a face, and it's another opportunity to be creative instead of just standing and posing. It's real life in action.

The self-timer menu is accessed by pressing the bottom position on the four-way pad.

With my self-timer set for 15 seconds and the D200 in mirror-up mode to reduce vibration, I had time to press the electronic cable release, walk over to the pots, click off my headlamp and paint. For the next 2 hours I experimented with exposures ranging from 30 seconds to 4 minutes.

Canon's self-timer lights don't work as the AF assist lights as they do on Nikon.
To Canon's credit, their AF system works great so long as you have at least a little light; just forget about it in darkness.
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Turn on the self-timer once you've got the exposure right. For the kind of exposure times you'll be using, and the act of pushing the shutter button can cause noticeable camera shake (especially on cheaper tripods). Turning on the self-timer will give that motion a little time to damp.

You'll need a self-timer or a remote and a tripod or stable surface because you will be working at a fairly low shutter speed, and there will be some camera shake unless you put that camera down and trigger the shutter without touching the camera.

Your Camera's Self-Timer: Using your cameras self-timer feature will accomplish the same effect as using a remote shutter release. When this feature is set, you press the shutter, and the camera doesn't expose your film or image sensor for a pre-set number of seconds.

With the M5, was the last M camera to have a self-timer.
M5 - 1971-75 (31,400 sets were manufactured). With added integral TTL lightmeter. First Leica with a light meter, a mechanical swinging-arm CDS cell positioned behind the lens.

Another effective way to accomplish self-portraiture with family and friends is to use your self-timer. Many digital cameras have self-timers that will give you a choice of time intervals-3 seconds, 5 seconds, etc. The longest of, say 5-10 seconds, is usually workable.

As has been mentioned in passing above, you can often use the self-timer feature to help combat this problem.

Autoknips II gadget for self-timer and repeatable timing of exposures in the 2-4 sec. range.
Micron flashlight (LED, long lasting, diffuse light) and Maglite solitaire (Tungsten bulb, brigher at a distance) to be used as focussing aids in dim light, as well as for emergencies.

A normal self-timer will take a single photograph after a set period of time - usually 2 or 10 seconds. But what if you want to take a photo once every 5 minutes or once every hour? This is where interval timers come in handy.

If you’re using a tripod, use the self-timer—that way the camera won’t pick up the vibration of your hand pressing the shutter release button. (This is why some cameras have a two-second delay as well as the traditional 10-second delay for self-timer settings.) ...

A sturdy tripod, combined with the camera’s self-timer or a remote release, will prevent shake and aid composition. Shoot in Raw mode, it’s easier to correct white-balance and exposure errors later. And if your camera has a noise reduction feature, now is the time to use it.

The Self-Timer has 10 second delay after you press the shutter button. In Manual and Image mode you can adjust Exposure Compensation (from -2 to +2EV) and white balance.
The camera has 3 image sizes: 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 and 800 x 600 and 3 compression settings: Superfine, Fine or Normal quality.

“Don’t do' - To shoot this photo, I placed the camera on something nearby and used the self-timer feature. We were too far from the camera for the flash to illuminate the three of us, and we were off center, which didn’t allow the camera to focus on us.

One unique feature of the C-3030 is the included remote control, which lets you get in the picture (with the self-timer function) or give a slideshow when the camera is attached (via the included video cable) to a TV monitor.

3: Keep your camera very steady. Preferably use a tripod or a Gorillapod. Use the self-timer to avoid wobbling the camera as you press the button.
4: Check your photo. If the lights aren’t bright enough, try a slower shutter speed. If the lights are too bright, try a quicker shutter speed.

If you have not yet invested in this handy little gadget, consider using the self-timer on your camera. Set it for the shortest lag or delay (ie. 2 or 5 seconds).

Good article. Concise ant to the point. Loved the self-timer bit. Sometimes I am out and about and only have my little Lumix, having left the DSLRs at home because I hadn't planned on taking any photos while I was out. Ha! This might save the day.
Thanks.

Self Timer: Your camera's self timer gives a delay between pressing the shutter release and the shutter's firing. The self-timer is also used to reduce camera shake when taking photographs in low light or with long (telephoto) lenses.

An alternative is to use the camera's self-timer but this is far less precise and doesn't allow you to judge the exact time at which the shot will be taken.

This includes providing a tripod or stable platform and using either a cable release or the camera's self-timer to help minimize camera movement. When used together correctly, anyone is capable of taking great night images. Night photography is not limited to total-darkness images either.

Using a menu option, you can customise which camer feature this button changes: self-timer, release mode, image quality, ISO, white balance, Active D-Lighting, HDR mode, RAW, or auto bracketing.

If you don't have a remote shutter-release, then I'd recommend using the self-timer function, and mirror-lockup if possible, to avoid any vibration and potential misalignment of the shots.

If you're inspired by these unusual self-portraits, try taking your own. All you need is a self-timer or shutter remote, a tripod, and a good idea.
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If you're really stuck consider placing the camera on something (like a branch or pack) and use the self-timer function to trip the camera rather than your finger (this will remove your wobble).

A blind that blocks the eyepiece to prevent light to come into the viewfinder, altering correct measurements of the light meter when using the self-timer or at any time when the photographer is not there to block such light.
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Putting your camera on a tripod and using a cable release, remote control or self-timer is essential for long exposures.

Alternatively, setting the camera to a 10 second self-timer mode can also minimize camera shake, but this approach doesn't have the advantage of preserving the composition, because the shutter button still has to be pressed to start the timer (potentially nudging the camera).

Mechanism delaying the opening of the shutter for some seconds after the release has been operated. Also known as self-timer.
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To minimize camerashake, it is best to use the self-timer. as well.
Using the in-camera flash should be avoided. Its light is usually too harsh and will cause overexposure. It is much better to use some form of natural lighting.

Others use self-timer with a 2 second delay. Either method is fine. I prefer to have mirror lock-up but can live without it. If your camera has this feature, use it. Otherwise take caution especially at 1/8-1/15 second shutter speeds.

Delayed action
Mechanism delaying the opening of the shutter for some seconds after the release has been operated. Also known as self-timer.

Not only can you prove to your friends and family that you were actually at that exotic location, but you can use yourself as an interesting design element or to provide a sense of scale. Use your camera's self-timer to give yourself enough time to get in the frame.

You can set up the picture then adjust the lighting, change the focus or rearrange your subject. A tripod even enables you to get into the shot yourself, eliminating the "missing photographer" syndrome [source: Story]. Simply set the self-timer and move in front of the camera.

See also: See also: Timer, Camera, Photograph, Light, Image

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