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I currently use a Canon 60D for portraits/weddings and commercial shots. When taking portraits and commercial pictures it's imperitive that you get your pics in focus as much as you can This handy little lightweight gadget will help you achieve this very easily.
I purchased the Canon RC6 from Amazon for a good price - £11.95 some 10 months ago. It comes with a battery and a black little protective case. The battery seems to last for ever as I'm still on my first one, however at first it seemed a little tricy to insert. It's so easy to setup. Firstly pop your camera drive into whichever is suitable to your needs i.e. self-portrait, continuous burst etc. If you are taking an instant shot flip the RC6 over and on the back it has an option of 1 or 2. This refers to seconds. It is important that you are actually in front of your camera as you'll need to point the remote directly at it as it sends a signal to the IR (Infra red) sensor which can be located to the front right of the cam (my 60D). Consider setting the button to '2 seconds' as you don't want to be taking a picture of yourself with you pointing the remote at the camera!!
If you are also wishing to set off your video mode, it will enable this for you too, providing that the camera dial is set to MOVIE MODE.
Great for long exposure control. No pesky cords. No need to set the camera timer. Ideal for self portraits.
CONS: You cannot focus with the remote button as it cannot be depressed half way. You need to sort your focusing out on the camera first. It doesn't come with a landyard either. You need to be infront of your camera to operate the remote.
I recently acquired a new Canon EOS 600D to start me off in DSLR photography, I love taking pictures of portraiture and landscapes which have distinct focus, however to create this focus I have to use either a larger aperture or a slower shutter speed, as I'm on a tight budget and I can't afford a faster lens with a larger aperture I have to decrease my shutter speed to suit the aperture I can use. So in basics I need to use a tripod so my hand shakes and movement does not affect the sharpness of the image. I found that even with the tripod my images weren't as sharp as they could be because the movement of pressing the shutter button created a shake. To resolve this problem I decided to purchase a Canon RC 6 remote control.
The product itself is extremely lightweight and only a few millimetres in depth, it feels very plastic and toy like, however this is no reflection on its ability to perform its purpose. The remote is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and is perfect for transporting from shoot to shoot. The portable size also means that it takes up minimal room in your accessory carry case and allows you to be able to take more accessories on the go.
The purpose of the control is to use wireless infrared to tell the camera when to release the shutter. This enables the camera to not be touched reducing movement and blur in the images being taken. This particular remote has only one button, which means you need to change the settings on your camera before you're able to use it. On my camera, the 600D, you need to go into the self timer settings and select 10seconds timer/remote control; once this setting has been selected you can change your manual settings to the values you want. When everything it set up you simply need to step out of the way (and out of the frame) and point the remote at the camera when you're ready for the picture to be taken, and then press the big button. There's a lot of room to move to as the signal from this remote can reach up to 16 metres away from the camera.
There is a small switch on the back of the remote which allows you to choose whether you want the shutter to release instantly or if you want a 2 second delay. The two second delay is great for group photos as it gives you a chance to hide the remote control and create the perfect picture.
One downside to this remote that I can think of would be the positioning of it. You have to aim the remote at a little red light at the front of the camera, this means that if you do not want to be in the shot it makes it very awkward for you to be able to get the infrared signal to reach the camera, however it is possible.
To buy this product as Jessops, (where I purchased mine) it will cost you £22, very costly for such a small piece of equipment, but all camera equipment is expensive these days! A small fee if you have the same problem that I had and can't afford a better lens. I recommend this product to all budding photographers because you really can notice a difference in the images you take with this remote, sharper, better focus and enables more creativity!