If you're looking for a way to trigger your dSLR's shutter remotely, but don't have a dedicated remote, then your Android smartphone may be able to do the trick.
To check if your Android is compatible to act as an external remote, then you'll need to check for something called an IR, or infrared blaster.
Many new hands that have this feature like the size of Galaxy S5 and LGG3.
Once you've checked that your phone has an IR blaster, head to the play store and download DSLR Remote.
This is a free app that will let you control your DLSR remotely, using your.
Smartphone, start the App and choose the brand of your DSLR.
It's compatible with most major camera brands, regardless of model.
Now we need to set up the remote option on your DSLR.
So Canon models, you can usually find this combined with the self-timer option.
So scroll through your shooting modes until you find two seconds remote control, or any other timer and remote control.
On Nikon, you can find this either underneath the mode dial, just look for the remote symbol.
All in the menu.
Then find release mode.
Once remote shooting is activated on your DSLR, head back to the app where you should see this screen with four options.
Remote, timer, random, and HDR.
We're gonna choose remote just to get started, but feel free to explore all the other modes, as this app is really robust.
Depending on your DSLR the screen will either show up with just a remote release button with an S or a timed promote release button with a 2S.
You need to be within line of sight for the remote to work because we're using infrared.
Make sure you're aiming your handset towards the infrared receiver on your DSLR.
This app has a whole bunch of cool features like the ability to trigger the shutter when a sound reaches a certain level.
So, for example, you can have the app set to take a photo when a whole bunch of people say cheese really loudly, but not if people are having a quiet conversation in the same room.
So there you have it, a quick and easy way to trigger your DSLR using an Android smartphone.
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