There are many reasons why you might want to trigger your camera’s shutter remotely, and there are a range of wired and wireless remote releases that enable you to do this.
Wireless remotes are particularly useful when taking group shots with yourself in the frame, or when it isn’t practical to stand directly behind your camera at the time of capture, such as with some types of nature photography.
Cheaper wired remotes, meanwhile, are just as suitable as wireless types when you want to trigger the camera without touching the shutter release button, such as for macro photography where camera stability is vital to achieving a sharp image.
Prices start at around £15 in the UK and $22 in the US for the basic, key fob-like Canon RC-6 infrared remote or the wired Canon RS-60E3 controller. At the other end of the scale, the professional-minded Canon LC-5 weighs in at a colossal £335/$430, and enables you to shoot from up to 100m away from the camera.
At mid-range prices of between £30-60/$40-70 there’s lots to get excited about. Features include wireless RF (Radio Frequency) connectivity; single, continuous and timer-delay shooting modes switched direct from the controller; some remotes even include options for controlling time-lapse shooting.