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    Self-timer shots

    I like to take my Canon S95 with me when I ride. Lately, I've been fooling around with the self-timer with very inconsistent results mainly with respect to focus and/or exposure. Generally, I set the camera on AV and set the aperture to maximize DOF with sufficient shutter speed to stop action. I've tried all of the AF modes with no clear winner. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    I'm not very familiar with the S95, but self-timer shots are difficult as it is no matter what camera you have. Even more so, when you're trying to stop motion. Are you able to select focus point on your point and shoot?
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    I've been able to generally get decent shots with AF and program on my lower level Canons...sx 130 and an old a540 and a570. Are you shooting in very low light conditions?

    Here's a thread I started a while back that some other posters responded with a few suggestions and a lot of nice shots: Self timer passion! Post 'em up!
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    The S95 is a very capable p&s. Lots of options. Photos are generally attempted with good light. Yes, I can select a focus point. Unfortunately, the thing I want to focus on (me) is not in the frame when the shutter is pressed and focus is set. I guess that's really my question. Which AF mode do I use? The camera has a standard "center" focus, "face detection AF" with servo AF available for both the above. AF lock is also available. Is pre-focus with AF lock the answer?

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    The s95 has manual focus. I'd set the exposure as you want and then use the manual focus feature to set the focal point. In Av mode, simply press and hold the 'flower/MF' button until the manual focus indicator shows up in the right hand side of the screen and then use the small dial to adjust the focal point. Then it is all about timing. Given the 'slow' (~1 shot/sec) rapid fire of the s95 it all comes down to luck unless you're doing a track stand.

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    Ah, yes. I didn't think of that. I'll give it a try next time out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Here are a couple from the weekend. I pre-focused with AF and then used focus lock. In the first, I used AV. The second, TV.
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    Nice work. I really like the second shot, just the right amount of blur going on
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    been playing with the self timer on my g12, in the dark and cold:

    light-trail2

    need to get the exposure working a little better, and up the flash power to freeze me at the end of the light streaks... just picked up a wireless trigger. that should help a ton...

    nice shots, and i've heard great things about the s95.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    need to get the exposure working a little better, and up the flash power to freeze me at the end of the light streaks... just picked up a wireless trigger. that should help a ton...

    nice shots, and i've heard great things about the s95.
    What kind of wireless trigger did you pick up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    What kind of wireless trigger did you pick up?
    I picked up this Vello from B&H.

    Worked great testing in the office, haven't gotten to field test it yet.
    Will try that out this weekend.

    Claimed range of 320'!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    I picked up this Vello from B&H.

    Worked great testing in the office, haven't gotten to field test it yet.
    Will try that out this weekend.

    Claimed range of 320'!

    I'd sure like to see a pic of this on your camera

    Looks like it would work well for wildlife photography, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    I'd sure like to see a pic of this on your camera

    Looks like it would work well for wildlife photography, thanks!
    here you go:






    it can sit in the hot shoe (not connected, separate battery), but at the moment it is not allowing me to use the built in flash... so i have to figure that out. will likely just strap it to the tripod. you can also use it as a wired unit - there is a release button on there.

    will do a burst, a 2 second delay, continuous, etc. and a half press focuses, even wireless.

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    I use and S95 for all my self timed shots, most of the shots on my blog: robonza
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    I found the best thing was the Giottos Compact tripod w/ ball head was a huge benefit.


    I tried the remote shutter release button on a pentax I had, but the range was so short I went back to the S95, set to a 20 second timer with 4 shots taken. One was bound to be good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    here you go:
    it can sit in the hot shoe (not connected, separate battery), but at the moment it is not allowing me to use the built in flash... so i have to figure that out. will likely just strap it to the tripod. you can also use it as a wired unit - there is a release button on there.

    will do a burst, a 2 second delay, continuous, etc. and a half press focuses, even wireless.
    Thanks bmike!
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    Checked out you blog. Lots of great shots. Did I see a couple from Raystown Lake? I too use a tripod. I'm curious about camera settings. What mode, AF, etc.

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    compact camera kit by mbeganyi, on Flickr

    My current setup. ZipShot tripod. Canon G12, speedlight 270 flash, vello wireless trigger.

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    trail snaps by mbeganyi, on Flickr

    multiple images stacked in photoshop.
    camera strapped to a tree using an ultrapod.
    remote trigger with 5 second timer, then firing 5 shots. (2 edited out...)

    next time i need a faster shutter...

    here's a single frame


    back to the woods by mbeganyi, on Flickr

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    Nice job...

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    fatbike by mbeganyi, on Flickr

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    You can find $10 generic remotes on ebay that work well.

    for taking shots of moving objects, your problem may have nothing to do with self-timer, but because you're not be tracked by someone taking the shot. When you track and object, you're moving the camera with the thing you're taking a picture of = clear and focused subject with blurred background. The camera is moving in sync with the subject.

    If the camera is stationary, you'll need significantly faster shutterspeeds to get a clear shot.

    Also, focus speeds on non-dslrs are not really where they need to be for fast shutter small depth of field (dof) shots. To overcome this, put bike in place where you will be riding and manually focus on the spot, leave it in manual and focused on that spot. then ride by over and over using your remote, youll get a sense of when you need the hit the remote since there will some shutter lag.

    If you're blurred, then you need faster shutter speeds. If you can't get your shutter speeds fast enough without compromising image quality more, either shoot in brighter conditions (the brighter it is, the faster shutter speeds you can use) or shoot in darker evening with flash.

    s95 is very capable camera, if you really want better shots you want to get an external flash.
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    Any one photographing with a GoPro?

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    Here's a couple, timer with mini tri-pod
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