Remote Shutter Release Photography Tips

Nikon MC-30A Remote Shutter Release With Carabiner
The Nikon MC-30A Remote Shutter Release with an attached Nite Ize Carabiner.

Extend the life of your remote shutter release and prevent damage to your camera, all while minimizing camera shake in your images.

What’s the problem?

  • Attached to the camera’s remote port by way of an electrical cable, a remote shutter release provides hands-free activation of the shutter without the need for the user to make contact with the camera; thus, minimizing blur from camera shake. One disadvantage of the attached cable, it tends to hang unsecured from the camera’s remote port. Preferably, our camera accessories perform flawlessly without incident, but in reality, many unexpected situations can occur. Thus, extended periods of swinging, dangling, and accidental tugs on the cable can cause damage not only to the shutter release cable connector, but may also damage your expensive camera’s remote shutter port.

What’s the solution?

  • After encountering costly repairs firsthand, the solution to preventing this from reoccurring resulted in the use of a simple with one end attached to the coiled cable of the shutter release and the other connected the camera’s neck strap or camera body. This connection will relieve the stress between the remote port and the cable connector. At the cost of only a few dollars, this simple little device is exceedingly easy to use and can prolong the life of your remote shutter release as well as prevent costly repairs to the camera’s remote port. One could merely eliminate the issue with the use of a wireless remote. However, expensive and occasionally unreliable, a wireless remote is not without problems. Top-build quality coupled with reliability, I use the Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release. Although not inexpensive, I don’t have to sacrifice a limb or donate an organ to own one!
The Nikon D800 and MC-30A Remote Shutter Release
A Nikon D800 attached to an MC-30A Remote Shutter Release using a Nite Ize Carabiner.

Where can I get a one for my remote shutter release?


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Michael Scott

Fine Art Photographer on Fine Art of America. My first camera was a Polaroid One Step followed by a variety of point and shot, SLR, and DSLR cameras. I've spent a good portion of my life traveling throughout the world. I've always loved photography and I really enjoy the reward of capturing a great moment in time. Most of my photography is landscape, and my objective is to capture a scene as nature intended it to be viewed without excessive post processing in Photoshop. I do most of my shooting with a Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70mm f/2.8G and often turn to my 14-24mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.8.

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