Using Self Timer

Ladies -


I need some help using my self timer.... I tried to take a picture of my dog and I this afternoon and everytime I tried to take a picture, it ended up being very blurry. I tried to take the picture in a variety of settings, but nothing worked.


My guess is that the reason it did this is because I wasn't (or my dog) in the frame beforehand to get the camera to focus on me...Is that correct assumption?  Anyway to get around this?  -I realized that there was a side table in the photo as well as the flowers on the table came out crystal clear (thinking the camera was set to focus on that object?) 


I have only had my camera for a week so I am still learning a lot from reading all of the books and wanted to just play arund with the self timer.  In the future, I am sure I will use the feature when I want to jump in a photo with a group, but I am curious to see what you guys tell me!!!!


TIA!


 


 

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm
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Either put sort of object in place of where you and your dog will be and focus on that object.   Also set a smaller aperture.. 


Or, get a wireless remote which simplifies things.   I got a Canon one for less than $20 I think.   So worth it.  Just make sure your camera has a wireless remote setting. 


 


 

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm
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gadams - Thanks for your reply..Turns out they don't make a wireless remote for my camera (D3100).  I just talked to the camera shop I bought it for and they say for some reason Nikon didn't make one that is compatible with that model :(

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 11:23 am
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aw, I'm sorry, that totally sucks..  that's what happened to me when I had a Rebel XS and I was sooo angry!  I assumed that something as simple as a wireless remote setting would be available for any camera that costs so much!  ugh. 


So among other reasons, I ended up trading in for the next model up.  


If trading up isn't an option, than you'll have to go the ol' manual method of focusing on some sort of object, hitting the self timer, and speed running to that spot!   :) 


I'm sure some of the more experienced photogs here will chime in with better suggestions!


 


 


 


 

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm
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It's all a money game - the reason driving most products made for consumers. They won't make something that 75% of consumers won't buy and then have the item become obsolete with the next model of camera because technology changes so much. 


We do self-timer portraits with our dogs all the time. The trick is to pre-focus on the area where you will be and then take the lens off auto focus and slide it to manual focus. The focus will stay the same for the image when the timer goes off.


The other thing we do is count with the timer and then throw a stick or ball or toy over the top of the camera so that our dogs look in that direction when the timer goes off. The other thing is that their expressions are all perked up since they are looking at the item we just threw very intently.  It's pretty funny.

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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I am not really ready to trade up seeing as in that I purchased the camera a week ago! :)  I know it is pretty much a starter model, so I wanted to see how much I enjoyed it, then when the time comes I can trade up if I enjoy it ( This is just a hobby of mine for fun).


doolittlebride - Thanks for the ideas I will try that next time :)

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 5:41 am

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