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Unread 03-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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Photographing myself...

I only like pictures of me when I take them myself. Because I will takes 100s of pictures until I get one I like.

The problem is it is difficult to set up a camera for far pictures without it taking hours because I have to click the button for a 10 second wait every time.

Is there any better way to do this?

There are NO cosplay photographers in Dayton, OH
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Unread 03-01-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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I only like pictures of me when I take them myself. Because I will takes 100s of pictures until I get one I like.

The problem is it is difficult to set up a camera for far pictures without it taking hours because I have to click the button for a 10 second wait every time.

Is there any better way to do this?

There are NO cosplay photographers in Dayton, OH
What kind of camera do you use?
It would be helpful.
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Unread 03-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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I only like pictures of me when I take them myself. Because I will takes 100s of pictures until I get one I like.

The problem is it is difficult to set up a camera for far pictures without it taking hours because I have to click the button for a 10 second wait every time.

Is there any better way to do this?

There are NO cosplay photographers in Dayton, OH
Invest in a remote (if you're using the type of camera that can support it). You can stand somewhere and just conceal the remote in your hand and take pictures without having to go click the camera again and again.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:02 AM   #4
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What kind of camera do you use?
It would be helpful.
It's a nothing fancy digital camera.

A Canon PowerShot A570IS
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Unread 03-02-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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Looks like you're literally at the limits of your technology with this camera.
A wireless shutter release is best, but I don't think this model offers one as an option.
10 seconds is not a lot of time to move into position.
A second hand DSLR or another camera can give you enough time to get into position. And most important, they can use a wireless shutter release.

Here's a possible work around to get what you need until you feel the need to upgrade.

You'll need a tripod. There are plenty that are good and inexpensive. Better this than risk your camera on something unstable.

Set up your camera and tripod (making sure it's level and straight.)

Set the focus at infinity (yes you need to do this manually.)

Place something about 25-50 feet in front of the camera that you can use as a marker. That is where you need to get to in order to be in frame and composed. Set your timer and get to that point.

Hopefully this can be used as a starting point for you.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 02:44 AM   #6
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I only like pictures of me when I take them myself. Because I will takes 100s of pictures until I get one I like.

The problem is it is difficult to set up a camera for far pictures without it taking hours because I have to click the button for a 10 second wait every time.

Is there any better way to do this?

There are NO cosplay photographers in Dayton, OH
As it sounds to me like you're using a tripod, and don't like the images from people around you (aka friends or family members) the next best thing I'd do is try to get to a con that DOES have photographers willing to work with you for free .

Other than that, you're kinda stuck Natsuo. Either that, or just take fewer pictures at a time :P.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #7
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If you can't afford to upgrade to a DSLR ( used older versions might cost around $300) which would have the ability to use electronic remote controls as suggested, why not trust a friend to merely press the trigger after you set up the camera, and you do all the rest to set up the shot to your liking?
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Unread 03-25-2012, 01:18 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone! I am actually going to look into getting myself a nice DSLR. I can spend around $500 bucks
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Unread 03-27-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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Nikon D90, used.
d40, used.

500 won't get you much, but those are an amazing starters.
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Unread 03-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #10
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The D90 is still like $600 used on ebay.

The D40 is only $400 refurbished... any other suggestions? I may have to go with the D40.
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Unread 03-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #11
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For a starter camera If you can find a Nikon D50 for around $250 (used) then you have an unsung little gem. That body has the motor that can drive the older lenses, unlike many of the newer bodies. I started with D50 and a 50mm 1.4 lens and shot the crap out of it. Even when I got a second body (D80) I still loved the lightweight feel and rock solid shots that camera gives. My nephew has it now and he keeps asking to use my aging D300 and 15-55 f2.8 lens. Recently we had a hobbyist shoot-off and we switched cameras. I beat him because simple rookie mistakes cannot be corrected by equipment alone.

D50 examples:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/y0sh1m1...57607358752784
http://www.flickr.com/photos/y0sh1m1...7607358752784/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/y0sh1m1...th/2509637419/
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/y0sh1m1...57607358752784
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Unread 03-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #12
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Have you tried hooking your camera up to your tv to use it as a monitor (cables should be included) ? Looks like your camera has a setting where you can take up to 10 pictures after pressing the timer and it also has a 2-second mode.

If you are really in need to spend money you can find a camera with an articulating screen to fold it to face yourself.

Samsung also has a line of digital cameras that have dual screens front and back perfect for self portraits.
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Unread 03-28-2012, 06:52 PM   #13
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Looks like your camera has a setting where you can take up to 10 pictures after pressing the timer and it also has a 2-second mode.

Actually, the "10" means, the camera will take a photo 10 seconds after you press the trigger, giving you time to get into the photo.
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Unread 03-28-2012, 08:31 PM   #14
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Looks like your camera has a setting where you can take up to 10 pictures after pressing the timer and it also has a 2-second mode.
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Actually, the "10" means, the camera will take a photo 10 seconds after you press the trigger, giving you time to get into the photo.
Check page 15 of the Basic User Guide.
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That is what I want to know, thank you for this post.
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