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Techniques Glossary Self-timer
A mechanical or electronic feature that delays the camera shutter from firing so the user can step into the picture.
Self-Timer mode isn't only good for getting everyone in the shot
You can also switch to self-timer mode from the main menu. Just like continuous mode, you'll find it under the 'shooting modes' menu on most cameras.
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.
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.
2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval)
Interval Shooting ...
Self-timer mode: A setting in which the camera delays taking a picture by a specified interval after you touch the shutter button.
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Self-Timer: A setting that allows a lapse between pressing the shutter button and firing of the camera.
Sensitivity: With traditional film cameras, sensitivity, also known as ISO, represents the film's sensitivity to ...
Your Camera's Self-Timer: Using your cameras self-timer feature will accomplish the same effect as using a remote shutter release.
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 Olympus OM4 and OM4T also have MLU and auto diaphragm fire at the start of the 12 second self-timer.
Autoknips II gadget for self-timer and repeatable timing of exposures in the 2-4 sec. range.
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.
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.
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.
“Don’t do' - To shoot this photo, I placed the camera on something nearby and used the self-timer feature.
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).
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.
The self-timer is also used to reduce camera shake when taking photographs in low light or with long (telephoto) lenses. The timer's delay gives the photographer time to steady the camera before the shutter fires.
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.
2. Use a cable release or the built-in self-timer feature. This prevents the camera from being jarred by your finger pushing the shutter button.
See also: Timer, Camera, Photograph, Light, Image