Buy a cable release for your camera

By , July 17, 2013 12:20 am

When you have your camera on a tripod remember to turn off the image stabilization on your lens.  This will give you a sharper picture. Photographers use tripods to reduce camera movement when taking pictures. A cable release will also further insure that there is no camera movement.

I have had good luck photographing birds on my back porch using a tripod and a cable release. I purchased the Canon Remote Switch RS60 E3 and the Steren 2.5mm Stereo Audio Extension Cable – Sub-mini phone Male Stereo – Sub-mini phone Female Stereo – 12ft. You can purchase two of the cables and you can photograph right from inside your home while the birds are enjoying the food you have put out for them.  Below are some sample pictures I have managed to get using this technique.

tufted titmouse cardinal wings

blue jay

Turning on the ‘No Card’ message

By , July 12, 2013 10:28 am

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to you while out shooting is to discover that you forgot to put a memory card in your camera. None of the pictures you took had been saved! Of course, on that particular day you probably got some of your best shots ever !  Here’s a way to prevent this from ever happening to you.

  1. Go to the Menu button located on the back of the camera. You will see the menu list.
  2. Use the Main dial and choose the far-left menu tab.
  3. Scroll down to the ‘Release shutter without card setting. Use the Cross Keys and press the Set button.
  4. Use the Cross Keys to choose the Disable option, and press the Set button.
  5. Choose the Menu button to go back to shooting mode.

I have had this ‘No Card’ message pop up for me a few times and it has been a great reminder to have.


memory card

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