Remote Shutter Release

I am an amateur photo enthusiast and enjoy many types of photography.  Some types of photography require more than a steady hand, some require the use of a tripod and a remote shutter release to ensure the sharpest focus possible. Many photographers have a tripod but a remote shutter release is a must have in every photographers camera bag.

A remote shutter release is helpful in a number of circumstances. I use them when I am using long exposures. They are also extremely helpful if you want to set up a camera to take wild life photos and be removed from the area. While you can use a timer for family photos, if you want total control, a remote shutter release is the way to go. They are also essential in macro photography when the slightest move may change your area of focus, and if you are, or in the case of portraits of children, I find them great so I can keep the attention of the child and be more free to move around.

Remote shutter releases come in a few types, wired or wireless, infra-red or radio frequency, each type having its use. Cabled and wireless are just as they sound. The only concern with the cabled variety that you are tethered to the camera which limits you somewhat. Cabled also has the possibility of some mechanical movement.

Wireless come in two different styles, infra-red (IR) and radio frequency (RF). The big difference between the two is the requirement of the line of site for the infra-red. I like RF remotes because I don’t need to consider my position when I am taking pictures.

The good news about remote shutter releases is that they are not expensive. The price range typically run from under $10.00 to about $100.00. The exception to this rule is the CamRanger

The CamRanger can run a few hundred dollars but offers the ability to connect to your IOS operating device and operate your camera remotely.

Vello FreeWave


I personally use the Vello FreeWave, a wireless RF, with my Canon 60D.  The Vello FreeWave is fast and easy to set up and use.  This product comes with a wireless RF receiver, a wireless RF transmitter, the camera release cable, a battery, lanyard and clip.  The range of this remote is up to 320 feet.

Out of the box all you need to do is sync the transmitter with the receiver, a step that was completed very quickly and easily.  After you complete the sync, the receiver is mounted where you normally mount the flash. The camera release cable is then inserted into the receiver and the cameras shutter release jack.

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After you have the receiver mounted and connected, hold down the power button on the receiver until the red LED comes on and you are ready to go! Taking a picture is now as easy as pressing the shutter button on the transmitter.

This is a photo is one I took using the Vello FreeWave and a tripod.  The flower itself is about the size of a quarter, and using extensions tubes the focus to get the center of flower to be sharp required the camera to stay still.  A perfect use for a remote shutter release.


If you are interested in macro photography, below is nice video I found from B & H Photo.


Remote Shutter Release by Brand.

Vello Remote Shutter Release

Fototech Remote Shutter Release

AmazonBasic Remote Shutter Release

Vivitar Remote Shutter Release


Remote Shutter Release by Camera Brand.

Canon Remote Shutter Release

Nikon Remote Shutter Release

Sony Remote Shutter Release

Olympus Remote Shutter Release