PocketWizard radios not only enable you to remotely trigger a flash, they also enable you to remotely trigger a camera. You don’t even have to be within view of your camera. With the right set-up, you could even be hundreds of feet away from your camera in any direction. And it works with all PocketWizard radios on every camera we’ve tested. The photo of our camera tree is our fun demonstration of this versatility!
The Possibilities are Endless!!
Here are a few ways photographers are using remote cameras:
- Unique vantage points: Capture images from a dangerous or tight location – like racing events, behind soccer or in hockey nets.
- Ultra-low perspective: This is great for sports photography to make athletes look even more powerful.
- High perspectives. We have lots of users that are mounting their cameras in the rafters at sports arenas. You can also put your camera on a super high tripod or mount on a pole.
- Wildlife photos: Put your camera in an inconspicuous location and stay safe by manually triggering from a distance.
- Epic selfie: Got an amazing shot? Put yourself in it!
- Photographing Children: Get out from behind the camera and engage with your playful subjects! Use a manual trigger and your subject will forget about the camera.
- Street photography: Get out from behind your camera for some candid street photos.
- Your own family photos: Easily put yourself in the family photo. No more hitting the button and running.
- Capturing multiple perspectives with a single click. This one is BIG! Put one PocketWizard radio on your main camera and one on your remote. Every time you take a photo with your main camera, the remote camera is also taking a photo. It’s like having a second shooter without paying for one. Not only can you tell a more complete story with multiple perspectives, you can actually make more money. Here are some specific examples:
- Finish Line: At a race finish line, have one camera with a wide angle capturing a wide view and have your main camera outfitted with a zoom to capture the details. Each time you click, your remote captures the wide view at the same time.
- Wedding: Tuck a small mirrorless camera on silent mode hidden up front during the ceremony. Now you can stand out of the way and not invade the moment. Your remote will trigger and capture the critical moments from a different perspective in sync with your main camera.
- Architecture Photos: That golden or blue hour window is short. Set up a remote camera to capture a different angle and get multiple perspectives with the same light.
- Sports: You can capture that amazing play from different angles getting all the action and emotion you are looking for.
Tips for Remote Photography
You will need two PocketWizard radios. One PocketWizard radio to use as a transmitter (attached to your main camera or to hold in your hand to manually trigger) and one PocketWizard radio with the correct remote camera cable for each remote camera. Yes, you can have multiple remotes all linked to a single transmitter.
You will need a cable. The remote camera needs to connect to a PocketWizard radio with a remote camera cable. While we engineer our cables to be the best, accidents can happen! You may want to have a back up! Find your remote camera cables here.
Make sure your internal camera clocks are in sync on all your cameras. When you import into your editing application of choice, your images can sort by time.
Safety is first! Make sure your remote camera is secure and isn’t going to injure anybody or isn’t going to get damaged itself. You may need to ask permission before you set up. There are many tutorials on the web on how to secure your equipment to minimize accidents.
Watch this quick video on how to set up a remote camera.
How do You Use Remote Cameras?
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I like setting up a remote camera to capture a second angle during first looks while photographing weddings.
Great idea Justin!! Thanks for sharing.