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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.

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.

& Remote Controller
Another feature that you want your digital camera to have is a 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 (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.

: 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.

/Remote Control
s 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 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.
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Turn on the 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.

: 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 .
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 .

Autoknips II gadget for self-timer and repeatable timing of exposures in the 2-4 sec. range.

A normal 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 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 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 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 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.

This includes providing a tripod or stable platform and using either a cable release or the camera's to help minimize camera movement. When used together correctly, anyone is capable of taking great night images.

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 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).

3: Keep your camera very steady. Preferably use a tripod or a Gorillapod. Use the to avoid wobbling the camera as you press the button.

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 is essential for long exposures.

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

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