When I travel I love to take photographs of everything, then I get home and there are no photos of me or my hubby. Oops! Well, I am learning to plan taking them.
One of my followers asked how I took the photos of myself by the tombstones? I did have help from a couple of people but mostly I was on my own. If someone helps you check their work or you end up with eyes closed or something happens.
I practiced before I went on this trip to Massachusetts with my camera. I can use the remote or the timer on my Sony Cyber-shot digital camera.
If you look closely in some of the photos you see me holding something in my hand and instead of smiling for the camera I am concentrating on what the camera is doing. I thought it was distracting and took away from the subject of the photo. The remote did make the shutter noise but if I was far away I could not hear it or any flashes that I could see. So that was not working out.
So I decided to use the timer and it was set for 10 secs. This means I have to move quickly and be careful I don’t fall or trip on a tombstone. I remove my glasses, adjust my clothing, set up the timer and push the shutter release and move quickly positioning myself and smile nicely for the camera. I can see the flash from the front of the camera and when it flashes very fast several times I know it is taking the photo.
Of course, I have to put the camera on a tripod. How do you carry a big huge tripod on the airplane? Well I don’t. I have these lightweight ones and I put them into my checked baggage. I look for ones that have a removable camera attachment part. I put that on the base of the camera and screw it in tightly using a quarter and check it frequently for they do loosen. This means I can put the camera on the tripod quickly and secure it and then remove it when I need to use it alone.
|Tripod camera base removed from tripod|
|You need a screw hole in the bottom to attach the piece above.|
|Piece attached to the bottom of the camera using a quarter|
|The piece sits in the top area of the tripod and a lever is used to secure it!|