Photography by Jon Adams
02/18/12 04:20 PM Filed in: Sony Nex-5n
Why would I want a Cable Release?
It would seem the people at Sony thought asked the same question when they came up with the Nex series cameras. It also seems they didn't find a reason. However, they did make the wireless remote control quite useful. So back to the question. The first and most important reason is to help with camera shake on long exposures. If you are a landscape photographer you know that to be able to shoot at F16 or F22 to get the depth of field you want the shutter speed is often very long. If you are using your hand to release the shutter there's a chance that you'll shake the camera and your images will come out softer than they otherwise might have been. One other thing I do often is bulb mode exposures. Bulb mode is when you open up your lens for an indefinite amount of time. You might be making star trails, or painting in something with a flashlight. You need to be able to lock open the lens and then close it whenever you decide you want to. I guess the other reason is for you to be in the image yourself.
In many ways I prefer the wireless to the wired. The Sony remote control allows you to use bulb mode. Push once to open and push once to close it. The 2 second button I use all the time to give the camera a little delay before anything inside moves. The only thing missing from the standard remote or inside the camera is a interval timer. I have found an interval timer remote control and it's not he way. I'll let you know how it works when it gets here.
Firstly a good tripod, secondly some way to trigger the camera without touching it.
Quick Tip: If you don't have a cable release or remote control, use your camera's self timer feature. You can often set these to a couple seconds, trust me the default ten seconds sometimes feels like an eternity. Using the self timer will allow you to not be touching the camera when the shutter opens.
You don't want to be bumping the camera when you are making a 2 or 3 second exposure.
A light painting of my good friend's pumpkin.
02/04/13 04:19 PM Filed in: Sony Nex-5n
This is a really quick video on how to customize the buttons on your Nex-5n. There is one setting that eluded me for a week or two. It's really easy the way the camera is setup from the factory to change aperture and shutter speed. But the ISO setting was buried deep in the menu structure. I was wishing there was a quick way to get at it. Well, there is. It's in the setup menu call customize buttons. Here's a video.